isn’t writing fun

giovedì 14 giugno '07 at 9:40 am (calvin & hobbes, english, trivial, writing)

More fun from the tech writers mailing list…..

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> Automatic writing is the most direct of Surrealist techniques.

> Sit at a table with pen and paper; put yourself in a ‘receptive’
> frame of mind, and start writing. Continue writing without
> thinking of what is appearing beneath your pen. Write as fast
> as you can. If, for some reason, the flow stops, leave a space
> and immediately begin again by writing down the first letter
> of the next sentence. Choose this letter at random before you
> begin, for instance, a ‘t’, and always begin this new sentence
> with a ‘t’. Although in the purest version of automatism
> nothing is ‘corrected’ or re-written the unexpected material
> produced by this method can be used as the basis for further
> composition. What is crucial is the unpremeditated free
> association that creates the basic text.

>  — Surrealist Games (Alastair Brotchie, Redstone Press)

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> I’ve read about “automatic writing” as a form of divination.
> Sometimes, I have felt that my technical writing was the
> product of “automatic typing.” I wonder if people got psychic
> insight from some of the stuff that I wrote.

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> I like to think that somewhere there’s a church centered
> around a product or idea you’ve documented.

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