Each person's handwriting is unique. Developing a personal handwriting style does not happen until later in the teenage years, according to "Forensic Investigations." There are several characteristics of handwriting that will differ from person to person. These characteristics include line quality, which is how the lines of a letter appear: shaky, straight or curved. The spacing of words and letters will also vary among different people. Pen lifts and strokes, the height of the letters, connecting strokes, the formation of letters, slanting letters and embellishments can also differentiate one person's handwriting from another.
Zaner-Bloser is the style of handwriting that most teachers teach students. This is a form of block letters called manuscript and cursive. For print, the letters are vertical and squared. The lines are completely straight. Words are spaced evenly. In cursive the lines are swirled. Capital letters include embellishments, which are loops on the tails. The letters are slanted to the right instead of being vertical.
The Palmer Method was introduced in the 19th century as a form of business writing, according to the website Zanerian. This manuscript has finer lines than Zaner-Bloser. The lines of the letters are straight. Curves in letters are more circular and bubbled. Palmer cursive is slanted to the right and swirled. Capital letters have larger swirls in them. For instance, an "R" or "P" would both have bubble-looped swirls in their stems. The space between the letters is wider.
Cute handwriting is used by many teenage girls. This handwriting in both manuscript and cursive has very fine lines. The letters are big, round and bubbled, according to Kinsella Research. Many of teenagers also incorporate little pictures into their writing instead of writing out the full word or as an embellishment. These pictures include hearts and smiley faces dotting "i"s or stars for "o"s.
D'Nealian is also known as modern manuscript. The manuscript letters in this type of handwriting are slanted to the right. They contain sharp angles, swirls or curves. Letters such as "n," "i" and "t" have tails. Cursive letters all have concave and convex curves. There are almost no straight lines. The letters are all vertical and have short tails at the end of them.