"The Illustustration ... will show you better than words the correct position. The position of the body shouldb e easly and comofrtable. Lean slightly on the arms, but see that the chest does not touch the edge of the table. Keep the back straight.
Be sure to keep the wrist and ball of hand from touching the paper or desk. My own hand glides upon the nails of the third and fourth fingers, as shown in the cuts, but some writers find it easier to let the hand glide upon the knuckle of the fourth finger.
Nearly all your work will be done at a desk, but as you will sometimes be required to write while standing, some practice should be done in that position, the muscle of the forearm resting against the side.
When sitting, but without a desk, the tablet is held upon the knee, with the muscle of the forearm resting upon the thihgh or against the side."
Debbi, thanks for the photos and info on handwriting technique. Interesting to see the photo of the left-handed overhand writer. That gentleman must have developed a careful technique not to smudge the ink, as overhanders usually drag across the page. Keeping the wrist off the paper and supporting the pen with the large forearm muscles and the two smallest fingers was standard penmanship technique then.
Thanks again from the great photos and information!
One good habit suggested in a book for later students, but good for beginners, is not to substitute an outline until you are sure you will use it and it helps.
In the book, a preanniversary edition, the writers started using the "dot symbol" (such as one for the letter and sound 'h'), and use it for the word "and". Figuring the dot would be dimplier and easier to use, plus quicker during dictation. After using it for a while, they discovered it wasn't as effective.
Stick to the outlines as they are given in the books. Once you learn them well, you can decide to make your own outlines and if it will be effective. You can always ask here for ideas and suggestions. Perhaps you will find an outline is actually another word and your shortened idea isn't effective after all.
"Gregg Shorthand had achieved the most extraordinary success ever attained by any system in the history of shorthand." John Robert Gregg, 1922