Besides reading, listening, and writing skills, good handwriting also plays a major role in improving the language, writing speed, memory, and ability to concentrate. Cursive handwriting is a type of flowy writing in which letters are joined together beautifully, creating an artistic effect on writing. Cursive writing is used in calligraphy, art, and for creating handwritten letters. You might have noticed that still wedding and greeting cards, menus at the hotels are printed in cursive handwriting that enhances the text's beauty.
The cursive form of several alphabets is used, and the writing strokes required to write each alphabet improves writing speed and quality. Many or all letters in a word are linked in certain alphabets and often make a single complex stroke in one word. Your cursive writing speed and quality depend on your efficiency to write because you need to write many letters and words without lifting the pen. It means the tip of your pen stays on the paper that creates many beautiful strokes, joins letters, takes a bit of gap between the words to maintain a consistent writing flow.
Although it looks difficult to write in cursive, you can master it once you get to know about the technique like:
You will need the following things to learn cursive writing:
Remember that you can master cursive writing easily if you know the importance of using the lines correctly while writing. You need to be careful about writing the letters within their specified lines. However, after learning cursive writing, you will be able to write in cursive on plain paper.
Alphabets that require
a, c, e, d, g, o, and q.
Entrance, upward and downward strokes
i, j, k, l, t
Entrance, upward and downward strokes, and curves
b, h, m, n, r
E, F, H, I, L, T
Straight lines and curves
B, D, J, P, R, U
Try to practice the simple entrance/exit stroke. Bear in mind that the cursive script is all about joined letters, and all small letters have entry and exit strokes to ensure quick writing. These are called entrance/exit stroke because they are used before starting a new word or sentence. You need to start the exit/exit stroke on the second line and touch the third line. Your stroke should not go beyond these lines.
The next step is to practice an upward stroke that starts from the fourth line from the bottom and touches the first line.
You need to practice the curve stroke used to write letters like a, c, e, d, g, o, and q. You can start writing right on the second line from the bottom, curve it almost 90 degrees and repeat the curved stroke anticlockwise without lifting the pen.
The lowercase alphabets like b, f, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, u, v, w, x y, and z all start with an upward stroke. Some of them touch the entire top line (ex: h, k, l)
And some alphabets start from the last line and reach only the third stroke line (i and j).
Whereas some letters also touch the bottom last line (ex: "f.")
You can start practicing the letters that require multiple strokes like u, n, m.
You can simply begin with writing 'u' by following these steps:
The alphabets like b, f, h, k, and l are difficult to write, but you can write them easily if you practice a few times.
Follow these steps to write b:
If you practice making small thin loops like strokes, you can easily write the other letters like k and I.
After making a loop following these steps to practice f, and h:
To write 'h,' make an upward curve and keep it within the middle two lines of the four lines.
To write 'f,' make a downward stroke and touch the fourth bottom line. Make another loop shape anticlockwise and keep it below the third bottom line.
Now, it's time to practice the curved alphabets like a, c, e, d, g, o, and q. You can start with the entrance stroke on the third bottom line and make an anticlockwise curve following each alphabet's shape. While writing a, d, o, g and q, you need to make a full circle.
The alphabet 'g' is a bit difficult as you need to give a downward stroke to the round circle and make another longitudinal loop-like circle that stays below the third and fourth bottom line. Still, the tip of this second circle will continue and cross above the third line.
By now, you will be able to move your hands and control your pen's position to make desired curves, strokes, circles, and shapes of all the lowercase alphabets. You can practice the uppercase alphabets one by one and then write and practice words by joining all the upper and lowercase letters.