Joined Up Writing
The quick easy replacement for cursive handwriting!
I'll teach you the simplest style of joined up writing right now!
But first, download the FREE special paper I've prepared for you ...
Do you want neat joined handwriting? The special lined paper will help you keep your letters the right size while you're learning to join them. If you use the paper while you're learning, you'll accomplish two things at once, and you'll automatically end up with a much better result!
Before you begin your practice ...
Print a few sheets of the free Wordskillz™ Special Lined Paper. Just click on the button to register and you'll receive immediate access plus a link via email.
Use the larger sized lines for practice exercises #1 and #2, and the smaller sized sheet for #3. Make sure your letters occupy the spaces recommended to the right, and your writing will be neat as well as quick and easy.
The image above shows you where your letters and words should sit in relation to the lines.
To learn more about handwriting and handwriting styles go here: What your Handwriting says about You!
2. Learn the 3 simple joins and how and when to use them
Join as many letters as possible, but don't worry about joining every letter. You can sometimes get a more readable word by breaking it in a place where it's hard to create a good join.
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.