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Touch Writing: How to quicken your manual copying skills
Bradley Knirnschild, a reader of this website, wrote in to
share a technique he has developed that is perfect for students
of all ages who want to learn how to speed up their manual
You know how it is when you are in a class and the teacher
or lecturer is putting notes up on the white board, screen or
blackboard. You have to keep looking down at your paper to
write your notes. When you look up again, you have to re-find
your place and sometimes the notes have gone, because the
teacher has moved on to the next part of their talk or lecture.
It can be so frustrating.
With Bradley's technique, you build your sensory acuity so
that you always know where you are on the page, without having
to look down. You can remain looking up, following everything
that the lecturer is saying or doing on the board. A great
skill to have in school or in business meetings!
This is the handwriting equivalent of touch typing...
Here's what Bradley wrote to me:
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2009 18:57:41 -0800
Subject: An idea from me to you.
I know that this probably does not happen that often,
but I have an idea for you. Many people in school and work
waste their time trying to write what is on a board as
quickly as possible, but I propose a solution that will
quicken their manual copying skills ten-fold! What if
people could both write what is on a board while looking at
it? Well we can, it just takes a lot of practice. Here are
the steps to learning this technique:
1.) Look at the first line on your notebook paper, now take
your eyes away from it and look ahead of you and try to
write a sentence in either print or script/cursive (Which
ever is your best) as straight as you can, try to write the
sentence as if you are looking at the paper, but you are
not. Visualize it and make the words come to life on the
2.) Next you want to write the same sentence below the one
you just wrote, but this time look at the paper as you
write the sentence.
3.) Now you want to compare the two sentences, do you the
4.) Now write without looking at the page a different
sentence below them, then compare it with the one that you
wrote while looking at the paper.
5.) Keep writing sentences without looking at the paper and
try to make it exactly like the one sentence you wrote when
you were looking at the paper.
6.) Once you have done this and it looks just like the
sentence that you wrote while looking at the paper you may
now judge the different in width and length of the paper,
that way you can write on the next line without looking at
the paper, try to make little tick marks from one line to
the next. Do this until each tick for ten ticks is exactly
on the line.
7.) Now try to write a paragraph on paper, but you may only
look at the first line of the paper once, then write
another paragraph, then another. Write three paragraphs a
day, everyday for a year, then you may probably master this
technique, but it all depends on the person.
8.) Now that you have mastered this technique your writing
effiency will increase ten-fold!
Thank you for your time, patience, and all of the
techniques that you have sent me so far, and the ones you
will send me in the future.
Here's my reply:
On Sun, Jan 4, 2009 at 2:21 PM, Wily Walnut
Thank you so much for taking the time to share this idea
I really like the process you have developed for building
your awareness of where you are on the page, so that you
can write clearly, legibly and correctly without looking
down. This is a valuable skill to have for students of all
It's the handwriting equivalent of moving from
a hunt and peck form of typing to being able to touch type
without looking at the keys. Let's call it Touch
What I also admire is your creative thought process to push
the boundaries of what we think is possible.
This is the key to creative living. To use your mind to
improve and innovate and make things even better.
May I have your permission to re-publish it on my website
under the reader's letters/questions section so that it may
Thank you again!
Wishing you the Best of the Best,
And here Bradley
Re: An idea from me to you.
From: Bradley Knirnschild
Sent: 04 January 2009 23:36:55
To: Wily Walnut
Yes you may, I would be glad to share my ideas
with the world for the betterment of others,
So, there you have it, Touch
Writing, courtesy of Bradley Knirnschild. We hope
it proves useful and valuable to you.
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