Your Characters' Handwriting

pen and handwriting strokeVimala Rodgers wrote a book called Change Your Handwriting, Change Your Life. The description on the back cover, states that handwriting is “a road map to the psyche, a clear path through the winding labyrinth of our personality. Every loop and flourish reveals an attitude, each line and slant displays a quality.” Several years ago, I studied the book and changed the way I wrote to have positive results in my life.

As Jill, the protagonist in my novel, Norman in the Painting, is about to write a note, I took Rodgers’ book off my shelf and thought how I could describe Jill’s key letters that would reveal more information about her. For instance, the letter t shows the writer’s attitude toward “goal-setting, self-image, self-esteem, and belief in one’s abilities to achieve.” (p.29) The higher the cross on the t means the higher degree of effort the person/character puts behind projects. If the t is half crossed or the cross line doesn’t touch the t to follow across it, the person/character puts off doing things until the last minute. A writer who crosses the t at the top, the very top, is enthusiastic about her goal. Jill is determined to help Norman at all costs.  I’ll have her cross her t’s at the top with a firm stroke.

Then I’ll look at few more letters that show her attitude as she writes.

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For over twenty-five years, I've taught elementary grades, high school, and county special education classes. Now I am a field supervisor for teachers working toward their teaching credentials. I also teach writing classes in Dublin and Pleasanton, California. I have won 5 awards in short story contests, My stories are published in The California Writers Club Literary Review, and several anthologies including four times in Las Positas College collections. I have several book projects, but the two that have my immediate attention are HADA'S FOG, which is women's fiction, LILLI, a YA novel, and NORMAN IN THE PICTURE, a paranormal mystery. I have published an anthology WRITTEN ACROSS THE GENRES that includes writings from members of my writing classes and other writers. It's available on Amazon and Kindle.

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