Five weeks in.
We have finished the alphabet with the last set of letters (v w x z). Good news is, that these don't have to be joined, so yeey! Joining is the hardest...
Over all it was a great lesson! Perfectionist in me had to stand down for a bit as we have focused on all the positive changes we have made in past 5 weeks. It is really difficult to sum up how it went and how I feel right now.
To be completely honest with you, I did run out of juice towards the end. I did break the routine once when the in-laws came to visit and it was very hard to resume after that. I was annoyed with myself and that showed on the crooked strokes. As soon as I got back to my zen (new pen, juicy ink...) my handwriting got better.
I know, that everyone is looking for some quick fix/guide. Here is the thing: Unfortunately there are no quick tips when it comes to handwriting.
It is a lot of hard work...unless you have someone with you to point you to the right direction you could end up doing the same thing over and over again (by this I mean the same mistakes). Repetition is not necessarily improvement.
Here are few pointers that worked for me:
- Be smart, set your goals.
- Be realistic.
- Slow down, write bigger.
- Don't write with fingers.
- Do drills and focus. Rhythm will come (and this comes from someone who has none, trust me)
- Find the style you like and implement it into your own handwriting.
- Invent your own style.
- Stationery helps.
- Use lined paper-stay on the line.
- Get Lamy Safari fountain pen or Lamy Al-Star. It will help with the correct grip.
- Use colours.
My goal was to have a neat handwriting and to slow down. Check and check :)
Now when I look at it (with my trained eye) I see the script, strokes and then it hits me...this is how I write now :) and it is the best handwriting I have ever done ;)
Ps: Stay tuned, I have one more blog post for you ;)