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#21 ac12

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Posted 21 September 2016 - 19:38

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As another member said though, your handwriting is much better than some people's.  If you want yours to look better just hold it up beside some of the posts here or a couple of your grandmother's old recipe cards.  It'll look amazing in comparison ;-)

 

Ha !!!

 

I could never write as well as my grandmother, or my mother.

Even my mother's recipe cards were written in a nice hand that I only dream mine would be like.  Well they are different hands, but her's looks SOOOOO much better.

 

Trying to write FAST in college killed my penmanship.

And the shift to the keyboard just kept me from having to fix my penmanship.


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Posted 21 September 2016 - 21:55

A few notes.

 

You said you ". . . generally practice writing until I loose focus or my hand gets fatigued."

This tells me that you may be gripping your pen TIGHT.

I suggest you loosen up and learn to hold the pen with a light grip.  If you hold your pen, you should be able to easily pull the pen out from your hand, with the other hand.  A light grip prevents hand cramps.  In college I would have to constantly shake my hand, to prevent it from cramping.  And I could not write well with a cramped hand.

 

"I write much more slowly then say if I'm taking notes.  I usually write my words and sentences very slowly"

I suggest you experiment here.

I found that there is a certain minimum speed that I have to write each stroke at.  Any slower and my writing looks shaky.

But note that I said "write each STROKE at."  You do not have to write the entire word at a constant speed, just the individual strokes.

Example the upper case/capital M

- short upstroke

- pause

- down stroke

- pause

- hump

- pause

- hump

- tail stroke

This is somewhat of an exaggeration, but many letters have natural pauses in them, usually where you change directions.

Finding YOUR minimum stroke speed is experimental.  You just have to try and see what is comfortable and gives you a smooth stroke.

 Appreciate the tips.  As soon as I picked up the fountain pen I knew not to grip it tight and I don't hold the pen tight.  In my other posts here I mentioned that I'm often times writing in excess of a couple of hours; the fatigue I attribute to just writing for extending periods of time.  Usually, my shoulder gets fatigued as well. 

I have been applying a different rhythm or strokes as you say it and that has been helping my writing look better as you had suggested.  All these tips are great and much appreciated.  



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Posted 24 September 2016 - 19:44

 Appreciate the tips.  As soon as I picked up the fountain pen I knew not to grip it tight and I don't hold the pen tight.  In my other posts here I mentioned that I'm often times writing in excess of a couple of hours; the fatigue I attribute to just writing for extending periods of time.  Usually, my shoulder gets fatigued as well. 

I have been applying a different rhythm or strokes as you say it and that has been helping my writing look better as you had suggested.  All these tips are great and much appreciated.  

 

Hmmm

When I switched to arm writing (I used to be a finger writer), I could easily do a 3 hour writing session.  But practically, that is too long to be writing.  Get up, get a cup of water, walk around the room a bit, to keep your muscles loose.  I get STIFF when I sit too long.  Also your writing position has to be correct.  I use an adjustable steno chair at the kitchen table, so I can raise myself high enough that my arm can move freely.


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