automatic writing

noun

Definition of automatic writing

: 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 work — rueful, cerebral, gloriously smutty — includes trance poetry and automatic writing. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Wayne Koestenbaum’s Cerebral, Smutty Essays Playfully Disobey the Rules," 5 May 2020 Dictionary Stories,’’ perched perilously somewhere between lexicography, automatic writing and flash fiction. Paul Wilner, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Dictionary Stories: Short Fictions and Other Findings,’ by Jez Burrows," 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, "Abstract Painter Hilma af Klint Inspires a Collaborative Capsule Collection for the Guggenheim Museum Store," 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, "‘Dictionary Stories: Short Fictions and Other Findings,’ by Jez Burrows," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of automatic writing

1855, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2020

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“Automatic writing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/automatic%20writing. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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