The gap between outlines

As you start getting faster in shorthand, you look for individual factors that are slowing you down.

I have noticed that in the textbooks they leave a decent space between outlines which is fair but maybe if they were closer you would be able to read context much better as your eyes would take in more words every time it focuses.

Have a look:

It might be just the way I wrote it, but I do think the writing looks more fiery when they’re close together. Sort of like handwriting versus writing letters separately.

Troutgirls bellydancing notes example has even more space than my first paragraph: (lets hope the link works)

(by michael_lisitsa for

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  1. If you examine shorthand books written by Rader, he leaves a lot of space between the outlines, and the spacing is very much even. I believe that it is done to facilitate reading of the individual strokes — just like when you see a first grade story book with the big letters and huge spaces. That's one of the reasons his writing looks so consistent. Other shorthand writers do not leave much space. Check anything by Leslie, Zoubek, Astrid Ramsey, or Winifred Kenna Richmond. They all write very nicely, though their spacing is less than Rader's. The trick is to make the spacing consistent.

    Having said that, remember that you can abbreviate words by agglutinating strokes. So leave a little space — don't write things too cramped, or it may be confusing.

    Incidentally, there is no final "t" in chemist or its derivatives … 🙂

    (Those are good jokes, BTW.)

  2. Another thing that determines the spacing between your outlines is how far off the paper you lift your pen when moving from outline to outline.  The closer to the paper you keep the pen the closer together your outlines will be.  The funny thing is, the spacing is nearly uniform. 

  3. In a way, yes.  If you aren't moving the had so far between outlines, you will write the outlines sooner.  Keeping the notes compact can help.  I think you will find that no matter how you are writing, the spacing between your outlines will be nearly uniform.  Keeping the point of the pen close to the paper when moving from outline to outline will reduce the space between them. 

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