1.Before trying to learn specific letter forms or shapes, practice writing from your arm and shoulder in the air or on a white board. Try not to move your fingers or wrist. Write big sweeping across movements. Get comfortable with lines and shapes before you attempt letters; this will make your strokes much cleaner and smoother. It does require an amount of concentration, but if you let yourself write (with breaks) for ten minutes, it will help you stop tensing your elbow.

2.Look at other people's handwriting for ideas. The signers of the Declaration of Independence often had distinctive, even elegant handwriting. They lived in an age when every message and letter was handwritten, and it shows in their skills.

3.Practice writing the letters until you are very comfortable with creating the shapes involved with them. Use cursive writing, either practicing with words and making sentences, working with your autograph, or simply stringing together random letters.

4.Find your own style. Sometimes it can be very hard to find your own style. So look for your personality for inspiration: are you optimistic? Hyper? Calm? Choose either a loopy handwriting, a clean crisp handwriting, or whatever suits you.

5.Write everything longhand that you think of, avoiding typing, writing on a PC, or other shortcuts. Use every excuse to use your time for writing, whether making lists, notes, or letters, or simply doing creative writing exercises. This improves your control and develops your muscles and eye-hand coordination.

6.Experiment with different writing instruments, like wide tip pens, markers, colored pencils, felt tip pens, and even calligraphy pens. These may not be at all suitable for daily writing projects but they do offer a chance to develop ideas and add artistic qualities to your script.

7.Try writing different forms of different letters. For example, the letter "a" can be written in two ways, one with a loop over it and one not. Choosing one over the other can improve your writing.

8.Try out different mediums. Maybe you're best with pen, no. 2 pencil, mechanical pencil, felt markers, ink, or something else? Diversify and don't be afraid to try anything!