General resources for improving your handwriting

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Neater handwriting will almost always appear more "feminine" to a reader. Here are some sites with general tips on improving your handwriting:

Retro style from 1932 American Penman (click on page 134)

http://hans.presto.tripod.com/penman/index.html

Writing paper PDF generator (makes paper for practicing, with x-height)

http://www.incompetech.com/beta/linedGraphPaper/writing.html

Make your handwriting into a font!

http://www.fontifier.com/

Handwriting makeover course

http://www.pendance.us/handwritinghelp.html

Online penmanship lessons from The Elegant Pen

http://www.theelegantpen.com/PenmanshipLessons.htm

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originally published 16 September 2005. See bottom of page for last revision date.

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