I'm more focused on learning the language and developing a good and practical hand than practicing calligraphy, but I must admit that I, from time to time, would love to play around with a real qalam. I think riqah is the style that attracts me the most.
How do you guys hold your paper when writing Arabic? Paper turned anticlockwise as in a Western cursive or paper turned clockwise? Or do you rather keep it perpendicular to your torso?