Automatic Writing

Automatic writing is writing which the writer claims to be produced from a subconscious, external or spiritual source without conscious awareness of the content. Or all three.

In spiritualism, spirits are claimed to take control of the hand of a medium to write messages, letters, and even entire books. I’m hoping that some kind of spirit turns up and writes mine for me – I may start going to bed with a pencil and notepad strapped to my arm. Would be great if I could get good at Automatic Typing too, and Automatic Editing.

I’m writing a book about being possessed, so it’d be entirely appropriate, surely?

If you want to have a go at some automatic writing yourself, try this link, or see below for more info. You’ll probably creep yourself out. Don’t blame me if you realise you’re channeling Damien.

Automatic Writing – Wikipedia

Testing Spirit Writing


Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle, apart from writing the Sherlock Holmes books, was a great believer in spiritualism. Even when one of the legendary Fox sisters, Margaret Fox, admitted in 1888 that everything she and her family had done was all part of an elaborate hoax, Arthur had this to say:

Nothing that she could say in that regard would in the least change my opinion, nor would it that of any one else who had become profoundly convinced that there is an occult influence connecting us with an invisible world.

Arthur Conan Doyle devoted a whole chapter of his book The Edge of the Unknown to a detailed argument that even Houdini had genuine psychic power, but wouldn’t admit it.

Even the most rational of men can find the need to believe in something overpowering in the extreme.

Arthur Conan Doyle, Spiritualism and Fairies