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Improving handwriting

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Alter, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Alter

    Alter Distinguished Member

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    Anyone have any tips? My writing is terrible but I often have to write on whiteboards and take notes that are passed around.

    I was thinking to buy a book with practice exercises but thought I would ask here in case anyone has looked into the topic or has any success stories.
     


  2. nootje

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    take up caligraphy? in my experience its as much the will to create more beautiful letters(i.e. legible) as inability for most people...
     


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    Thomas Stylish Dinosaur

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    ^^ I Was about to say that, I picked up a fountain pen a while back and found that the extra effort helped matters. I think it's a matter of taking your time and focusing on being consistent with your strokes.

    The related fora also discuss penmanship and different writing styles, fonts, and exercises....but I lost interest before it got to that point.
     


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    Take your time, learn how to lightly rest your hand on the paper, write from your shoulder versus drawing letters. I got a nice fountain pen for my birthday last year so i'm learning how to write all over again. Oh and practice practice practice.
     


  5. Alter

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    Thanks, Gents.

    It was actually the purchase of a fountain pen that is giving me the kick in the ass to finally do something about my penmanship. Yes, practice, practice. I suppose that is the key point.
     


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    JayJay Stylish Dinosaur

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    ^^^Fountain pens are what motivated me to improve my handwriting, and they helped a lot..
     


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    For sure. People can actually read what I write now. Before the fountain pen my handwriting resembled hieroglyphics on a good day and something from outer space on a bad day.
     


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    Perhaps an idea for practice, for profile drafts (of which I have to write a LOT) I always write them with pen, making me think about each word and be more deliberate with them. The secretary then puts it in a word document..

    Needless to say, I keep writing a lot by hand, and usually get compliments for my handwriting..
     


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    Handwriting is becoming a lost art which is a shame. Some of the younger crowd can't read or write in cursive at all let alone spell.
     


  10. JayJay

    JayJay Stylish Dinosaur

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    ^^^Some school systems no longer teach cursive writing.
     


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    or math for that matter.
     


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    Rambo Stylish Dinosaur

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    http://handwritingsuccess.com/write-now.php

    E - get this book. I just got it myself for the same reasons. Let me know if they don't ship to Japville and I'll buy you one and ship it out to you. Its got all you need.
     


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    I'll second the Getty book. Fantastic!
     


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    I write in cursive italic. Much easier than the traditional cursive taught way back in the day. I'm not sure when or how I picked up this style of writing. It just sort of happened.
     


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    I switched to this a while back. Really helped be write more neatly. There are a few books on it, but this website is actually much better than any of them that I've encountered: http://briem.net/
     
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