“Whoa, you write weird.”
I was a lab instructor for an intro to Geographic Information Systems class and I was scribbling something or another on the whiteboard. One of the students, and education major, noticed that my letter writing sequences were an abomination and called me out. I had never noticed it. So I proceeded to slowly write all the numbers and letters for their amusement and many of them drew gasps and chuckles.
I was reminded of this after reading this analysis of the cultural impact on a person’s tendency to draw circles in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction.
It took me a while to get rolling on letters and numbers as a kid because I was inclined to write everything mirror-reverse. I chalk it up to being left-handed, and therefore, a societal aberrant. In looking at some recordings of my drawing order, I don’t really see a pattern of starting from the top or bottom, but I do notice that horizontal lines are easier to pull towards my hand.
Here are my numbers…
And letters (uppercase, anyway)…
I still don’t know which letter or number shapes I write in the “wrong” order (but I think “2” and “6” are probably deranged). But this is how it feels right and it’s far too late for me.
I would actually be interested in knowing which characters are written in a different than what-you-think-of-as-normal order, in the comments. Are you right handed or left handed? Thanks!