Penmanship. Oh how I have been striving for neat legible handwriting since I first took up a pencil. I agree penmanship have fallen to the keyboard. I have been looking for a penmanship aid and could not find one. I would love to read an article about how to artfully put pen to paper.
I have a real issue with (lack of) penmanship. I was held back a year in elementary school for poor penmanship. I'm a lefty and the school required right-handed writing only, which I could not do. Never went back to that school (family moved away) and never learned to write properly.
Now almost half a century later I really am interested in fixing this unfortunate skill set omission. I am looking for handwriting first aid and appropriate pens that help prevent the lefty pen smear.
I bought this book a few years ago and it helped me immensely.
http://briem.net/ is also an interesting site.
You quite probably already know this, but for preventing ink smears, fountain pens and gel pens are not your friends.
I wish I could remember the instructions the nuns used back in my day, but there was a certain way the southpaws had to position the paper and hold the pen to avoid smearing.
The lefties had to position the paper so that the top of the page was faced almost horizontally to the right. That way, the heel of the writing hand didn't slide across the fresh ink. The writing hand was also "crabbed" to the right a bit. I just tried to do what I described. It works! My left hand stayed well clear of the fresh ink.
Chuck: Maybe you could barter with Kate. Her website could use some updating.
Check out sonlight curriculm for cursive penmanship. It starts at third or fourth grade. No doubt there is more out there.
I have the penmanship of a doctor. They studied for many years to get handwriting that bad.
I should consider myself fortunate that i have the same penmanship without the training.
Compliments of the computer age i don't write that much. although i have though that it would be good to get better at writing. something i have considered learning is short hand.
it would be pretty close to a secret code these days.
I have very good penmanship. Part of that is because, when I was in elementary school, the teacher graded the students on their writing skills. That was also when parents took the teacher's side, whatever the case may have been. So......if the teacher said I had to practice my writing skills, then that's what mom made me do.
I believe in the art of letter-writing still, especially for personal condolences, thank-you notes, and romantic writing. I struggled with finding a writing style all through my high school and college years, but when I started journaling, I found that my style of letter forms became more consistent. Also, I bought different types of pens to see which ones had the best glide for me. I had an inexpensive fountain pen at one point, and putting one on my Christmas wishlist this year, hoping my wife will get me a good, mid-range priced one.
Now that I write all the time, purchasing stationery and blank cards, my handwriting has become very good, and most of my associates look forward to receiving letters and notes from me because writing also improved my command of words.