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LPT Request: Improve hand writing for adults(r/LifeProTips)
Calligrapher here! What you’re looking for is the Palmer method : palmermethod.com/ . This is how people learned to write before typing was common – it was created for businessmen who had to write quickly and legibly. I think what’s often missing in clear writing is the speed – people write badly because it’s the only way they can write quickly. If you learn to write correctly from the ground up, however, with whole arm movement, correct pen holding/posture, and minimal finger movement, cursive styles can be faster than almost any illegible scrawl. Palmer is nice because you develop your own style, based on a general technique. It’s not boring copy-book work.
A couple tips: practice writing to an online clock or metronome. Focus on whole arm movement. Practice basic shapes over and over – doodle letters in your free time. And-study. CP Zaner (a famous calligrapher) said study as much as you practice. And when you practice, focus on free, easy movement. Doing things right once is worth 10 times wrong with handwriting.
Good luck, and have fun!
EDIT: As a bunch of people seem interested, Amazon has the Palmer penmanship book for under $10 for the kindle edition. Also, take a look at IAMPETH. There are a ton of lessons, videos, calligraphy pieces, etc over there