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This suggestion spins from a few exchanges in this topic regarding American Cursive.  First, the proposal:

Category:      Everyday Handwriting
Description:   Styles, suggestions, tools, supplies, and general appreciation for one's everyday hand.

I've read a few other requests for new categories and I can appreciate the need and the value in keeping the categories simple.  However, I would suggest that the most general category of the blessed thing we're talking about is not represented -- everyday handwriting!  While a "General" discussion does exist, without the context of handwriting, in particular, then I think it's overly broad to catch and attract topics aimed at what is really sort of a specific idea (everyday handwriting).  In other words, Everyday Handwriting would be a good point of focus for those everyday styles that we all use everyday and to be honest, take it from a remedial penmanship internet hobo: there's no good place for us to call home. 

As elementary schools continue to exchange "penmanship" for "keyboarding" the resources for this vital personal skill throughout our communities will become increasingly valued - first for parents looking for insights, then for graduated high schoolers unhappy with their primitive penmanship.

Now look at me, for example.  While I'm really interested in calligraphy as I've been seeing it, I'm quite a long ways from it.  Yet, a specific category appropriate for, say, American Cursive, may draw more newbies like myself who could slowly graduate to the more calligraphic and ornate styles.

As a sidenote, I think the tools are probably a bit different, as well, so this could be a good place to discuss the supplies for everyday use.  Maybe gel pens and travel notepads and scrappy fountain pens that you can carry in your pocket or purse.  So that would be another area that could fall into this everyday category.

Other topics as mentioned in the originating link above may be around teaching penmanship, nationalistic styles (I believe, for example, that there is still a very defined and supported French penmanship program in the school system).  All of these would fit well into an Everyday Handwriting topic.

In the previous link, there are some suggestions for a category named "Handwriting" or "Penmanship" which are also good options.  I preferred to suggest Everyday Handwriting because I think it gives a little credit and appreciation to that most personal of skills which -- even in its everyday form -- is arguably the evidence and essence of the most significant accomplishment of mankind.

Erica, please consider!


This sounds like a very welcome addition to the forum. Thanks for taking the time to fill in all the good reasons why this topic is an important one.

I really like this idea. I think a lot of people want to improve their everyday handwriting (I know I do!) but don't know where to start. It's like a relatable, less intimidating step into the world of writing.

Bianca M:
I think this is a great idea, and second what Jean said.  Very well thought out.

Erica McPhee:
Excellent suggestion! Ask and you shall receive.  ;D

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