Re-learning handwriting

refusenik's picture

I feel that 10 years of almost exclusively computer-based writing have reduced what is left of my handwriting to an illegible and clumsy mess and quite frankly, I have had enough of it. I think I need to learn handwriting anew, from scratch, as it were, until I like what I see when I write by hand once again and until I (and of course everyone else) can decipher it as well. Does anyone have links to websites and books on handwriting/calligraphy etc. that might be of use in my quest?

oldnick's picture

Hey, if you're going to re-learn, do it with a little style.

Jackson's picture

Check out Dwiggins' handwriting, it's the most beautiful printing (not cursive) I've ever seen. If I were at home I'd post an image from WAD to RR, but I'm not and won't be for a week. Maybe someone else could help.

Action Hank's picture

This site is a nice starting point. Very nice capitals, if you ask me.

I've done the same thing as you, btw. It's well worth to remember that this is very much a project that you can teach yourself without any instruction, if need be. Just sit down, rethink your letters, practice a lot and repeat.

The real problems come when trying to write your new handwriting quickly, something I haven't yet managed.

mica's picture

After studying these lessons

I am no longer the only person that can read my handwriting. Also,
just taking a moment before I place pen to paper to remind myself that
I can't write as fast as I type has made a vast improvement as well.

refusenik's picture

Ah, that's very helpful from all of you, thanks a lot. I think I like the Briem method the best so far. Again: Many thanks and happy holidays!

eolson's picture

There are many decent books on this subject and a few excellent ones too.
I like The Italic Way to Beautiful Handwriting by Fred Eager because
it has a solid italic model and a practical "cursive" mode as well.
I'm guessing it's out of print but I've seen many used for a few
dollars. Be sure to check in the Craft section of your local used
bookstore as calligraphy (or writing in this case) usually falls into
this section. Again, there are many others including the classic stuff
from Alfred Fairbank.

Kristina Drake's picture

You're not alone! Talking to my brother last night--who has never had to write much of anything by hand--and he said he sometimes forgets how to make certain letters. Has to consciously stop and think, then continue writing. (He also can't spell because spell check always does it for him.) I was truly surprised, but I guess it's not that uncommon. If you don't use it you lose it...


dotsara's picture

Sweet. I'm happy enough with the way I print, but...well, I won't even get started on my cursive. (Boo.) Thanks to refusenik for asking and everyone else for responding! (:

ericpitcock's picture

My cursive is terrible. I mean really terrible. Thanks computer.

Side note: Does anyone else have trouble distinguishing the text links in the posts here? I can barely tell the difference. They really need to be red, instead of the grayish blue they are now. Or, at least, underlined.

hrant's picture

Good for you. Good handwriting is good craft.
Just please don't a make a font of it later on.
That would be not good.


amyp's picture

Somewhat related to the subject, this is a fun little read: Sweet Roman hand: Five hundred years of italic cursive script.

Just please don’t a make a font of it later on
party-pooper! ;)

Si_Daniels's picture

Surprised that no one mentioned Kate "Handwriting Repair" Gladstone - famous for posting handwriting related news to Typo-L with extremely long subject lines on issues that most Typo-L'ers were not particularly interested in.

The phrase "Website repair" springs to mind ;-)

Cheers, Si

hrant's picture

> party-pooper! ;)

Guilty as charged, I know. :-/

Simon: I hate you. I had finally managed to forget about Kate!


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