The Habits of Handwriting
Characteristics of Handwriting
The Three classes of handwriting: letter form, line form, and formatting.
Letter form includes the shape of letters, curve of letters, the angle or slant of letters, the proportional size of letters, and the use and appearance of connecting between letters.
Line form includes the smoothness of letters and the darkness of the lines on the upward compared to the downward stroke.
Formatting includes the spacing between letters, the spacing between words and lines, the placement of words on a line, and the margins a writer leaves empty on a page.
"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting."-Ralph Waldo Emerson
12 Individual Characteristics of Handwriting
-Line Quality (do the letters flow or are they shaky?)
-Spacing (are letters equally spaced or crowded?)
-Size Consistency (is the ratio of height to width consistent?)
-Continuous (is the writing continuous or does the writer lift the pen?)
-Connecting Letters (are capitals and lower-case letters connected and continuous?)
-Letters Compete (are letters completely formed? or, is a part of the letter missing?)
-Cursive and printed letters (are there printed letters, cursive letters, or both?)
-Pen Pressure (is pressure equal when applied to upward and downward strokes?)
-Slant (left, right, or variable?)
-Line Habits (is the text on the line, above the line, or below the line?)