Improve Your Handwriting (Teach Yourself)
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the writer took a penlift every three or four letters. Look what happened to the letters in ‘increasingly’ when he tried to write it in one go. There are plenty of opportunities in ordinary text for natural penlifts. First of all there are word breaks. Then there are letters that do not join up so readily to their neighbour. Sometimes your hand stops after a complicated letter, or when you are not quite sure how to join. Join when it is comfortable for you, and your writing will have a better
in Chapter 8. These exercises show simple joins to ascending or descending strokes. These sequences would be useful in regulating a slant, too. You may need guidelines if you have trouble with the different heights of letters. 9. Joining up 107 Now think about the letters that join from the top: v, w, r and o. These exercises help you to practise the simple top-joining stroke. Then you can go on to words like ‘row’ , ‘wood’ or ‘room’. Descending and ascending strokes A great many people
141 What keeps handwriting in shape when it is written at speed? How do different hands behave when they are speeded up? Louise has a smooth, economical movement in her writing. The o-f and the t-h joins work particularly well. She was asked to write the same sentence many times and increase her speed each time. As was to be expected, her writing got larger but even when it went very fast her writing remained vigorous. At full speed she wrote the sentence 21 times in the ﬁxed time span.
Keep your pen angle constant. 13. A more formal model 169 When should you use a formal hand? You cannot write a formal hand as fast as an informal one. When you are writing under the usual pressures there is little point in attempting beautifully measured strokes. They slow you down too much. Some beautifully free ﬂourishes. CAPITALS ARE MORE DIFFICULT TO WRITE THAN SMALL LETTERS Some of the characters do not get the very best proportion between thicks and thins unless you alter the pen
deteriorate into a tangled mess. By the end of a long word you cannot read a thing. You should be able to go straight to the model in Chapter 8 to ﬁnd a more economical way of writing. Your writing probably ﬂows already, so you will not need to spend much time learning formal joins. Study Chapter 10 to help develop a more personal hand. Then you should be able to see how much you have gained in speed and legibility by simplifying your writing. This is more lettering than handwriting. Unless it