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Better Handwriting (Teach Yourself Series)

3.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0844237800
ISBN-10: 0844237809
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Product Details

  • Series: Teach Yourself Series
  • Paperback: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (August 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844237809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844237800
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,576,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have always reveled in my eccentric handwriting. As my academic career progressed, I was writing less and less for other people, mostly just class notes for myself, and I made little attempt to write legibly. I was the only one who could read my increasingly "individual" penmanship unless I made a great effort to write clearly. Finally, though, I had trouble puzzling out my own handwriting at times, and I realized something had to be done. I had come to admire those with clear handwriting, and I wanted to develop a quick, readable hand.
This book agrees with advice I've found in several sources: the italic alphabet is attractive and easy to write, the distinction between printing and handwriting is artificial, and the torturous cursive script we're taught in elementary school does most students more harm than good. Though the book does not require strict adherence to their italic model, I like it quite a bit, and I'm happy to integrate it into my own hand.
Within minutes of beginning the simplest exercises I realized I'd been holding the pen wrong for as long as I can remember! Changing my grip required some awkward retraining, but once I adapted I realized that, for me, the traditional grip lends itself to more natural and comfortable motions, and my fountain pens work better, too! If it doesn't work for you, though, another grip is discussed.
This is an excellent example of how the book works. It is not about changing your writing to the one correct way. It shows you how to experiment to find the best way for you personally to write. This doesn't mean your handwriting will improve without any effort on your part, but I've found the exercises relaxing, almost meditative.
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I ordered this book to improve my penmanship. The results were no less than wonderful. In less than 3 days my writing had improve tremendously. What I like most about this book, along with the price of course, is the options that it gives you in writing techniques. I also liked that the author gives an understanding of why one may have difficulty in with their writing in the first place. I generally felt that good penmanship reflected a person who was deliberate and careful. This book shows that there is more than attitude involved here, there are basic mechanics to good penmanship that we were not shown in grade school. Great book to refer to anyone who is penmanly- challenged.
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I bought the book last night and spent over an hour working on the exercises before going to bed. This morning I have spent two hours working on the exercises and the time just flew by. Despite being well-educated (possibly over-educated) I have always written slowly and not particularly legibly. In the space of a few hours I have changed my writing position and pen-hold and have learned to make the simple strokes necessary for clear, legible and speedy writing. The book was a surprise and a delight and I only wish I had come across it in 1984 when it was first published or that it had been around when I was at school.
I searched the Internet on a whim to see if I could find Rosemary Sassoon in order to thank her. That job has been made incredibly easy. I would urge anyone who has the slightest interest in improving their handwriting to get the book without delay. At a fraction under £7, it must be the bargain of the century. In a couple of hours and a few easy lessons it has changed what was a hard, painful slog for me into a process of joy and discovery. The book didn't promise instant results but it has certainly produced them. If I had known it existed I would surely have bought it sooner and consider myself lucky to have found it at all.
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By A Customer on February 21, 1998
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Those who buy this book are, obviously, looking to develop a more readable handwriting style. And this will help you do it. The thing is -- you have to be prepared to do handwriting exercises. Fact is, handwriting is a series of learned hand motions which result in readable script; so when changing your handwriting, you have to develop some new habits and work with them until they stick. And this is not something you can do in a few minutes. On the other hand, it doesn't take years either, and I'm seeing clear results after a couple of days. How long it takes depends on how much work one has to do to get where one wants to go. The book has a lot of material on diagnosing one's current handwriting, and what to do about faults and flaws that one finds troublesome. The book delivers on its promise -- it has the basic information, by people who know what they are doing, about how to fix a handwriting style that one does not care for. One of the charming aspects of this book is that it is NOT what you were taught in school, is NOT dogmatic, and doesn't try to boss you around -- it tries to help you get where YOU want to go. Sassoon and her co-author fully expect that you will individualize your penmanship, that it should be individualized, and that it ought to suit you and your style. What this book will do for you is give you an intellectual framework to guide yourself. That's what I got it for, and I feel I got every pennysworth. One extra hint. I've not found it as hard to reform my penmanship, using this book, as I would have with a new musical instrument. It's really a matter of adding to what you were taught in school, and what you already do. It's not as easy as falling off a log, but if you really want to do it, it can be quite rewarding.
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