Tweets To Templates: Train ChatGPT To Reverse Engineer Viral Tweets
This is how you increase your odds of getting 1M views.
Ahoy, Digital Writers!
Today we want to help you create your own library of viral Twitter templates.
Going viral on Twitter always comes down to the hook you use.
Like it or not, this is the most important factor in whether your tweet, thread, or post sees success or goes nowhere. And if you want to increase your odds of going viral, we recommend using templates crafted from proven hooks.
Just like we teach in Ship 30 for 30, when you see something that works, you reverse engineer it into a template.
Which is why we want to help you find, create, and build a library of hook templates you can leverage over and over to grab you audience’s attention—so you’ll never have to question how to give your ideas meaningful structure ever again.
But first, here’s what you need to know:
Originality is an illusion. All writers and creators are influenced by the work of others.
Creating and using templates is not about copying someone else's work.
Remixing ideas is a natural (and valuable) part of the creative process. It’s about taking the bits and pieces, the techniques, and the frames that resonate with you and then combining them with your perspective for your niche to create something distinctively your own.
Leveraging templates is about expanding your creative toolkit.
But just using template is not enough.
Playing “Mad-Libs” works. But understanding WHY a template works is how you really turn up the heat.
When you unpack every single word in a viral hook, you learn to use it deliberately (and see it differently).
The mistake many new writers make is using templates as a crutch instead of a catalyst—blindly following a strict formula. This results in generic, forced, or insincere-sounding content. And ultimately drives readers away. Instead templates should be used as tools for guidance and inspiration.
To get someone’s attention, you have to first understand their thinking.
Why are people the way they are?
Why do people do the things they do?
Why do people have the fears they have and?
Why do people desire the things they desire?
Then you need you need to understand how to set the reader’s expectations using the 5 elements of writing an effective headline.
And once you know how to set their expectations, you need to know how to hook the reader using the 6 proven ways to write an engaging first sentence.
Open with 1 strong, declarative sentence.
Open with a thought-provoking question.
Open with a controversial opinion.
Open with a moment in time.
Open with a vulnerable statement.
Open with a weird, unique insight.
Because the clearer you are about the reader’s thinking the more likely you are to speak directly to them. AND when people feel like you are speaking directly to them, you hook their attention. And when you hook the reader’s attention using a proven format (that you understand), you go viral!
When you internalize these 11 things and apply them in your writing, you will be creating your own viral templates in no time!
Now, let’s use ChatGPT to give you a head start.