I know you’re eager to learn and master Copperplate and/or Spencerian script — we all are!
The truth is: learning takes time.
This applies to anything worth learning — may it be a musical instrument, knitting, Jiu-Jitsu. Learning a script is no different. We have to put in the time and the effort.
If you’ve just started, don’t be too hard on yourself. “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” as they say. Script is one of those things. It isn’t mastered in a day… or a week… or a month (well, unless you hideout in a cave for a month and do nothing but study and practice all day long!)
Learning a script takes hours of study and practice. And even those who are proficient in the script are continuously learning and finding ways to improve their existing script.
I once heard someone give a speech about how you shouldn’t aim to be the “best.” Instead, aim to keep getting “better.” The speaker went on to say that by being the “best” means you’ve stopped trying to be better — what a great insight!
I’ve been at it (Copperplate Script) for over a year-and-a-half and I’m constantly learning new things. New things to improve. New things to try. So many things!
My mentor and friend Ate Gail (@the_md_writes) always says, “The learning never stops.” She’s so right!
Though I feel like I’ve come a long way from January 2015, I know that I still have a ways to go and that’s ok. I’m enjoying every bit of the process.
Even if you think you’ve got a handle on this script, don’t settle. Keep at it. Keep studying. Keep practicing. Keep learning. Keep getting better.
Your Pointed-Pen Companion,
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness