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(Buzzfeed)   14 simple ways to improve your handwriting, as suggested by one of the few remaining people on Earth who still know how to write in cursive   ( buzzfeed.com) divider line
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2017-04-18 01:23:57 PM  
Practice an hour a day for 10 years?  That's how I did it.  Also works for musical instruments.

/DNRTFA
 
2017-04-18 04:16:53 PM  

harleyquinnical: Practice an hour a day for 10 years?


Yep.  If you're looking for something to help you start, try Fred Eager's book, now in a second edition.
 
2017-04-18 04:52:31 PM  
USE A FARKING KEYBOARD.
 
2017-04-18 04:53:10 PM  
I was taught not to cursive in polite society.
 
2017-04-18 04:55:59 PM  

skyotter: I was taught not to cursive in polite society.


What about the Palmer method?
 
2017-04-18 04:58:58 PM  
Don't grip your pencil / pen too tightly and don't use super thin varieties.  Your standard #2? Nope. Too thin.  Try something as big as a hefty fountain pen or maybe one of the smaller sharpies.  Gel pens are often chunky enough.  You'll have better motor control and less hand fatigue.
 
2017-04-18 05:05:15 PM  
I write in cursive, but it's just terrible.  If I have to write something someone else will read, I write in block lettering.
 
2017-04-18 05:05:33 PM  
my handwriting is good if i am purposely trying to write clearly, but it takes 5x as long.  it's bad enough that other people can;t read it if i have to scribble fast of don;t really care
 
2017-04-18 05:11:15 PM  
I was forced to switch from left-handed to right handed cursive as a kid. My penmanship is terrible and I can't draw anything. I can barely hold a pen in my left hand now but my writing is instantly legible.
 
2017-04-18 05:16:25 PM  

Grahor: USE A FARKING KEYBOARD.


Speech recognition software has gotten pretty darn good in recent years.  You don't even really need a keyboard anymore.

On a side note, my penmanship has gotten pretty atrocious after years of typing the majority of the time.  And I don't care.
 
2017-04-18 05:16:59 PM  
Give up on it entirely? You're not writing with a quill pen anymore...
 
2017-04-18 05:18:04 PM  
appropriate that the author's last name is "NO"
Also, most of her tips are to rewrite over your writing to add weight. that's not writing, that's coloring.
If you want to get good at writing... write. Send hand-written thank you cards for stuff. take the time.
 
2017-04-18 05:18:17 PM  
Cursive is supposed to be fast, but I always found it slow.  (Probably faster with an old-school fountain pen.)  Even moreso after I stopped using it regularly.  I remember taking the GRE and having to write out longhand some honor pledge in cursive.  The exam started before I'd finished writing.
 
2017-04-18 05:45:52 PM  
My penmanship varies depending on the level of concentration I'm giving it. Biggest issue I have when not paying attention? I'll leave out letters. I will also automatically switch from print to cursive if I have to write lowercase "qu". I always join them.

For the longest time the only handwriting I did was making out checks. I would slowly and carefully sign my name in legible cursive. Nowadays the only identifiable parts of my signature are the loop on the first letter and the swoop on the last. The rest is a squiggle.

The last few months I've been keeping a notebook with hand written to do lists and daily logs of everything I do to help me stay focused on my goals. The handwriting varies from nice to GOING TO FIND YOU AND KILL EVERYONE YOU KNOW.
 
2017-04-18 06:03:15 PM  
Cursive will get you arrested in Louisiana.
 
2017-04-18 06:14:47 PM  
Pilot G-2 07.  Immediate better handwriting.
 
2017-04-18 06:28:50 PM  
One step - 'old school' learning
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2017-04-18 06:28:53 PM  
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2017-04-18 06:36:24 PM  

Ambitwistor: Cursive is supposed to be fast, but I always found it slow.  (Probably faster with an old-school fountain pen.)  Even moreso after I stopped using it regularly.  I remember taking the GRE and having to write out longhand some honor pledge in cursive.  The exam started before I'd finished writing.


I'm the opposite -- I can write very fast in cursive, less so in print.  A heavy pen really does help.  Lately, I've been rocking this bad boy:

https://www.amazon.com/Pentel-EnerGel-Medium-Silver-BL407BP/dp/B0026Z​P​WZA

From some distance, it looks like it might be much more expensive than it was.
 
2017-04-18 06:40:50 PM  

trialpha: Give up on it entirely? You're not writing with a quill pen anymore...


I wonder if people still clung to hieroglyphics this tightly long after they were useful.  I have not used cursive since the 80s and only because I had to in school.
 
2017-04-18 07:03:47 PM  
Dunno if it's lack of use, age, parkinson's, alzheimer's, or some combination of those, but the older I get the worse my handwriting gets.  Been printing for years now if I have to re-read it later, but as 99.99% of what I write now is via a keyboard, well, whatever.
 
2017-04-18 08:46:34 PM  
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2017-04-18 08:48:16 PM  

Snotnose: Dunno if it's lack of use, age, parkinson's, alzheimer's, or some combination of those, but the older I get the worse my handwriting gets.  Been printing for years now if I have to re-read it later, but as 99.99% of what I write now is via a keyboard, well, whatever.


I know someone that has a bit of a hand tremor and he's a lefty. His hand writing is a complete mystery. I don't know why he even bothers. A team of NSA analysts couldn't figure it out.
 
2017-04-18 08:59:59 PM  

Alien Robot: [img.fark.net image 800x194]


No, I can read cursive (including even yours), and I DEFINITELY complain about it!
 
2017-04-18 09:01:44 PM  
Here's how to read cursive: it's the farking same as print.
 
2017-04-18 09:07:07 PM  
Seven simple ways to improve your handwriting are offered by a resource you can get here: pen.guide

For more resources and help:

BFHhandwriting.com

briem.net

handwritingsuccess.com

HandwritingThatWorks.com

italic-handwriting.org
 
2017-04-18 09:14:00 PM  
A commercial listicle?

fark is this shiat!?
 
2017-04-18 09:38:25 PM  
If I'm trying to learn or organize something I will write things down.  Although I type relatively quickly, I retain and understand more if I'm writing.
I still send the occasional card for special occasions and will make a point to use a pen when doing so.  I have to be careful though as I have a habit of making a mess with the ink if I use a pen that is not quick drying.
 
2017-04-18 10:10:26 PM  

Ambitwistor: Cursive is supposed to be fast, but I always found it slow.  (Probably faster with an old-school fountain pen.)  Even moreso after I stopped using it regularly.  I remember taking the GRE and having to write out longhand some honor pledge in cursive.  The exam started before I'd finished writing.


Came to say this.  After 20+ years as a keyboard jockey, I had to sit and think about how to form some of the damn letters.  Like "I".
 
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2017-04-19 12:49:34 AM  

Nocrash: I was forced to switch from left-handed to right handed cursive as a kid. My penmanship is terrible and I can't draw anything. I can barely hold a pen in my left hand now but my writing is instantly legible.


Same here.  The schoold hated lefties back in the eighties for some reason.
 
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2017-04-19 12:51:03 AM  
*school district
 
2017-04-19 12:14:02 PM  
By "14 simple ways" they really mean two with those two being "watch videos," and "practice."

/article should have actually been shorter than Subby's headline.
 
2017-04-19 06:13:59 PM  
I had the same English teacher for 4th and 5th grade (small school).
I was her special project as she knew that she could get me to write in cursive.
It was annoying, frustrating, time-wasting and ultimately futile.
My print is pretty terrible, so cursive is much worse.
 
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