My colleagues always say that my handwriting is really so cool and artistic. I don't know about that. It was probably the result of the so many writing exercises I did when I was in the elementary grade. My teacher would require us to practice writing each letter of the alphabet several times everyday following patterns... "capital letter A, small letter a","capital letter B, small letter b," and so on. It paid off! Where did this cursive writing originate?
The practice of linking characters of the alphabet to produce the small letters used today in writing originated in the monasteries of the Middle Ages. Scribes found it earlier to write whole words without lifting their pens from the paper. They connected the individual characters instead of writing a space, lifting their pen, and writing another character.