Joined Up Writing
Joining letters improves everyday handwriting and increases handwriting speed!
For example, the letter x is difficult to join from, since your end point in on the inside of the word.
In addition, the letter z is difficult to join to, because it begins in an awkward place.
Joins begin where the previous letter ends, and end where the next letter begins.
There are only 3 basic types of joins: underhand, overhand and across:
Spacing is also important when thinking of joins
In #7 of the Wordskillz™ post How to Change your Handwriting in 10 Steps or Less (if you haven't read the post yet you'll find it here), we looked at letter and word spacing. Keep the same guidelines you learned there in mind when joining letters. So half a letter 'o' between letters within words, and a full letter 'o' between words.
3. Practice your joined up writing in the very best way
Linking letters leads makes handwriting a more fluid rhythmic process. Now you've decided what letter styles you prefer, and what joins you'll need to use, it's time to practice your joined up writing!
1. Practice your joins on the examples below using the letter styles you prefer:
○ Underhand: a to t, c to h, b to u
○ Overhand: a to d, e to a, i to g
○ Across: v to e, o to r, w to h
2. Practice joining letters in a string, and in words and sentences, using what you've learned:
a. Write out the alphabet joining all the letters
b. Write 10 very common words: the, be, to, of, and, in, that, have, for, with
c. Write the following pangrams (sentences that contain all the letters of the alphabet):
- The five boxing wizards jump quickly.
- A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
- Pack my red box with five dozen quality jugs.
If you've read # 3 of the Wordskillz™ post How to Change your Handwriting in 10 Steps or Less, you know all the advantages of having a writing style that is similar to print. [Haven't read the post? You can read it here. You can also get the very best lined paper to practice your joins!] You also know that to write quickly you're going to need to link some letters.
You've known how to print letters since you were a small child. So you won't need to give much consideration to the formation of letters. Just keep it simple, and let the printed form dominate. But also remember, when you join up letters, you avoid the need to lift your pen from the paper. As a result, you can write more words per minute.
Have I convinced you that a hybrid form of writing will tick most of the boxes for you?
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Haven't taken the Wordskillz Handwriting Quiz? You can take it here. Now that you know how to write quickly, it's time to discover if anything else stands between you and nice, neat, practical everyday handwriting.