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Art of Cursive

I handwrite nearly every book before sitting down to type. I usually do it in stages, writing about forty pages and then typing the content (and so on and so forth until the book is completely written). In turn, the typing typically leads to more detailed scenes and dialog as I go along. It's a method that has always worked well for me, so I rarely deviate from it.

Handwriting sample from "Blood & Soul." Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

(Above): Handwriting sample from the upcoming Blood & Soul. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

Print and handwriting array for "Bloodlust." Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

(Above): Print and handwriting array for Bloodlust. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

I cannot even imagine not having the ability to write by hand. In the not so distant future, the art might become obsolete (apart from people using it to sign their names). It's a shame, really. Not only is handwriting a personal expression of the individual (a unique fingerprint, if you will), it teaches one to pay attention to detail and, in some ways, it disciplines the mind. I also believe handwriting skills lead to an inquisitive approach to reading and, more importantly, a clear understanding of the content of what one is reading.

Sample of calligraphy (Carlyle).

Some writing individuality has been lost due to technology, of course. It's only natural as society advances into the future. However, I'm hoping the art of cursive by hand will remain an educational fixture for a long time to come.

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About Deidre Dalton

Deidre Dalton is author of the 8-part Collective Obsessions Saga, which chronicles the extraordinary loves and intricate obsessions between two families sweeping a span of more than 140 years, all set against the backdrop of a Gothic seaside mansion in Maine. She is also author of the Bloodline Trilogy, which follows the uniquely magical yet ominous journey of one family through time.

About Deidre Dalton (aka Deborah O'Toole and Shenanchie O'Toole)

Deidre also writes as Deborah O'Toole and Shenanchie O'Toole.

As Deborah O'Toole,  she is author of the fiction novels Celtic Remnants, Glinhaven, Mind Sweeper and The Crypt Artist, along with the Short Tales Collection, Torn Bits & Pieces and Historical Essays.

As Shenanchie O'Toole, she writes for Food Fare. She is author and editor of ten cookbooks, along with various Food Articles and more than 40 titles in the Food Fare Culinary Collection. 

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