automatic writing

noun

: writing produced without conscious intention as if of telepathic or spiritualistic origin

Examples of automatic writing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His ideal seemed to be art with a minimum of conscious calculation, in the spirit of Dadaist automatic writing or the wriggly abstractions of Pierre Alechinsky. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2024 People would gather, drink, converse, listen to readings and try out things like automatic writing. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2020 Starting with language itself, poetry and prose, a kind of free association led to automatic writing, then drawing, which led the surrealists to devise a collaborative game known as the Exquisite Corpse around 1925. John Zotos, Dallas News, 11 Aug. 2020 His work — rueful, cerebral, gloriously smutty — includes trance poetry and automatic writing. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, 5 May 2020 Dictionary Stories,’’ perched perilously somewhere between lexicography, automatic writing and flash fiction. Paul Wilner, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Apr. 2018 Interested in philosophy and spiritualism, af Klint was part of de Fem (The Five), a group of women artists who conducted seances and experimented with automatic drawings long before Surrealists began their automatic writing projects. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 13 Oct. 2018 The British-born, San Francisco-based artist and author Jez Burrows has come up with an ingenious addition to literary exploration: “Dictionary Stories,’’ perched perilously somewhere between lexicography, automatic writing and flash fiction. Paul Wilner, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of automatic writing was in 1855

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“Automatic writing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/automatic%20writing. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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