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Avoiding writer’s cramp

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As the teaching of penmanship dies away, young writers lose the benefit of good instruction and, like all self-taught practitioners, fall prey to common errors. One common error for writers (discussed in this post) is to hold the pen or pencil in a death grip, fatiguing the hand muscles and leading to cramping. In penmanship classes, the teacher normally stresses how lightly the writing instrument is held—like a live bird: closely enough that it doesn’t escape, but not so tightly as to distress (or kill) the bird. The teacher should be able to lean over the writing student and pluck the pen or pencil from his (or her) grasp without effort. If there is great resistance—if, for example, pulling up the pencil lifts the writing hand as well—then the grip is too tight.

Written by Leisureguy

15 May 2009 at 2:49 pm

Posted in Daily life

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  1. Another reason to use fountain pens. Near zero pressure to use.



    15 May 2009 at 3:35 pm

  2. Great!



    15 May 2009 at 7:16 pm

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