Monday, June 1, 2009

'Automatic Writing' can be amazing

NOYON JYOTI PARASARA, SANSKRITI MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT, MUMBAI: Do u know what is ‘Automatic Writing’? Wikipedia describes it as “the process or production of writing material that does not come from the conscious thoughts of the writer.” It further says, “Practitioners say that the writer's hand forms the message, with the person being unaware of what will be written. In some cases, it is done by people in a trance state. In others, the writer is aware (not in a trance) of their surroundings but not of the actions of their writing hand.” What would be your description of ‘automatic writing’?

DALE: Yes, I know what this is and have experienced it myself too. Years ago, when I used to be a hardcore Bollywood journalist (before turning PR), I'd written several articles and music reviews late in the night, while under the influence of alcohol (4-5 pegs). When putting my hand to paper, random thoughts would flow and I didn’t really pay much attention to WHAT was being written by me. Next day, when I'd read what I’d written, I'd be astonished at my style of super-racy writing. It turned out to be unique and a completely different style of writing from my regular style, which came out of my analytical mind. That’s Automatic writing.

For the record: George (Georgie) Hyde-Lees, the wife of William Butler Yeats, said that she could write ‘automatically’. In 1975, Wendy Hart of Maidenhead said that she wrote automatically about Nicholas Moore, a sea captain who died in 1642. Her husband did research on Moore, and he said that this person had resided at St Columb Major in Cornwall during the Civil War.

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