Later On

A blog written for those whose interests more or less match mine.

Avoiding writer’s cramp

with 2 comments

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 Lifehacker.com 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

2 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

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

    Like

    EP

    15 May 2009 at 3:35 pm

  2. Great!

    Like

    conservative09

    15 May 2009 at 7:16 pm


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: