Tips for improving your handwriting

Thirdposition_1"You’ve decided you want to improve your handwriting and you’re probably
hoping a fountain pen will do the trick — maybe a friend told you it would.
Maybe you’re just adventurous and you want to try your hand at calligraphy (or
you might, once your handwriting improves). Good for you!

A fountain pen may make your writing look a bit better, but if your writing
looks as if frenzied chickens got loose on the page, chances are this won’t be
enough. Most likely, you’ll need to retrain your arm and hand.
After coaching handwriting and teaching calligraphy over the years, I’ve
learned to see the characteristics of those who’ll be able to pick up the
necessary motions quickly from those who’ll have to work a bit harder.

crampy letters drawn with fingersCrampy, uneven letters are often the result of
drawing the letters with the fingers rather than using the whole arm to

People who inevitably have trouble with handwriting and calligraphy write
with their fingers. They "draw" the letters. A finger-writer puts the full
weight of his/her hand on the paper, his fingers form the letters, and he picks
his hand up repeatedly to move it across the paper as he writes."

Dyas A. Lawson
Tips for improving your handwriting

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