You master a movement by making it. Thats how you
learn to throw a ball and play the piano. And that is the
best way to learn handwriting.
Get the movement right. With luck, the letters will
If you can make a few zigzags, you can make the letter u.
Just soften the shapes a bit. You use the same movement to
make the exit stroke.
When youve made the letter u from a zigzag, the
letters l and i are easy.
From scribbles to writing
Your hand may not be used to zigzags. How do you find
which movemements it likes best? Scribbling is a great
Forget about writing for a moment. Try making
extravagant movements with your pen. Dont be
timid. Thrash your hand about from the wrist.
When youve filled a few pages of scribbles, you can
introduce some discipline. Make zigzags on lined paper. You
want the picket fence effect: slightly slanted lines, evenly
spaced. Then add recognition points, and you have
The key to italic
A few curves will turn your zigzags into writing. Here
are two of them.
Let a diagonal sag a little, and the curve will make the
letter u. If your diagonal bulges up a little instead, it
will make the letter n. Get this right, and youll be
writing italic soon.