Writing as a Medium


“In my writing I am acting as a map maker, an explorer of psychic areas, a cosmonaut of inner space, and I see no point in exploring areas that have already been thoroughly surveyed.”

William S. Burroughs

Just type the phrase, ‘Medium’ into any online search engine and you’ll be bombarded with a language or tools used to educate, train, or instruct.

Now I know what other readers of this article must be thinking… Isn’t that the same as when I ask for my steak to be medium or rare? Yes, you’d be correct with that assumption.

Other definitions of the word ‘medium, as follows in many factors, including science.

Here are just three examples.

Optical medium, in physics: A material through with electromagnetic waves propagate.

Data storage medium, a storage container in computing which could also correspond to anything saved in cyber space.

Transmission medium, in physics and telecommunications: Any material substance which can propagate waves or energy.

Now all of these various ‘mediums’ relate to one key factor… Communication.

The most important type of medium I’m referring to, is:

Mediumship: the practice of certain people—known as mediums—to purportedly mediate communication between spirits of the dead and living human beings.

Now I know what you are thinking. This is all rather wacky, when in fact, is it not as writers that we sit in front of our computer screens and type words in a sense of automatic writing?

William S. Burroughs – In one of his lectures, he pointed out when being asked a question on writing, he claimed that any writer, with the tools and know-how, could channel some of the greatest authors in history!

I shall spare you the offbeat dribble found on the internet, as the information there is literally up to its neck in these articles. The question remains… what did Burroughs actually mean when he stated that if one is well-educated, well-read, and his craft is at a reasonable level? Can that writer not harness the power of other authors? The answer is undoubtedly, yes.

I used scientific examples above because I felt they were key factors in the art of writing.

For instance – data storage.

The brain is a dry sponge, ready to be dipped in water.

For example: Information… once the sponge is soaked in information, the writer then has his tools to communicate.

Are we really just writing automatically? Well… there is no evidence to prove this point otherwise. Science seems to be saying ‘yes’ without all the supernatural mumbo jumbo. As I said previously, the internet is full of this kinds of info.

Another example is H.P Lovecraft – Channeling something of unknown origin… or was he just reaching inside the already wet sponge and dipping it further into the pool his mind?

Most of my writing is pen to paper, and when I feel really confident, it’s then fed into the computer.

As with my previous article, I align all my dots, then when I feel it’s ready for the world, it leaves me.

I shall leave you with this quote: “Things may not be immediately discernible in what a man writes, and in this sometimes he is fortunate; but eventually they are quite clear, and by these and the degree of alchemy that he possesses, he will endure or be forgotten.” Ernest Hemingway







Ernest Hemingway – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Hemingway

H.P. Lovecraft – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._P._Lovecraft

William S. Burroughs – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_S._Burroughs



Author: L.F. McCabe

Editor: S. McCabe

Artwork: S. McCabe


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