Curvise and Music

The summer sale was a splashing success, and I’ll be busy for some time editing and responding to those who bought an edit. Thank you for trusting me with your manuscript.

As a strong proponent of requiring children to practice handwriting, whether printed or in cursive, I found this article by Dann Albright right up my alley.   Most writers know that their handwritten stories vs. their typed stories are considerably different.

The relationship between my brain and a pencil or pen and a piece of paper is more tactile, more personal. It took me a long time to write directly into a word processor and see a product that made sense the first time it hit the screen. The delete button and I became – and still are – BFFs.

Not teaching cursive is tantamount to not teaching a child to play an instrument but only

teaching them how to turn on an audio device of some sort and listen. They both work and can be appreciated; however, the tactile sensation between the fingers and instrument is an entirely different experience. The relationship between mastering mathematics and studying music has been studied and verified for years. So what about the relationship between writing and music?

Remember the importance of pacing. It’s all in the tempo, the rhythm. Generally, narrative and dialogue are written in andante or a walking pace, not too slow to be boring and not to fast to rush the point.

 David was home the next year, and we went back to Uncle Raymond’s. 

What if the speaker expresses joy with an allegro tempo?   “There’s my brown-eyed girl!”

If the writer needs a lot of tension for a chase scene, short, accelerated words or an accelerando tempo works.

“Oh, he does a lot more than sell drugs!” Grayson’s eyes never left the road.  

Try this little experiment. If you can find a pencil or pen, write these down in your best printing learned in school and then your best cursive learned in school.

I agreed and signed my full name, [put your name here.]

I will not practice the piano!

I hate this exercise and refuse to try it.

If you didn’t experience the difference in how you held the pencil and positioned the paper between printing and cursive, you’re officially a robot. Teaching a child to hold the tools properly and write properly to create communication is the same as placing the fingers properly and pushing them properly to create a musical note. And guess what? They both use all of our senses with the exception of taste unless you chew on the pencil or lick the piano.

Write like you mean it. 

Hint: A little vodka with peach and soda helps.