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How do you write a letter X?

Lefthanders form some letters in a different direction to right-handers because it is easier to move the pen left-handed in an anti-clockwise or right-to-left motion – it gives a smoother flow and minimises scratching and digging-in of the tip. It is also easier to draw lines towards you rather than away.

So… which direction do you write a letter “X” in?

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The result so far was 58% for number 7 and 32% for number 8, which surprised me as I thought everyone would do 8!


Personally, I (Keith) would do number 8 as the first stroke goes right to left for a smooth flow and the second one is an easier move towards the body and leads naturally into starting the next letter.

If you are left-handed – which way do you do it?
(the coloured arrow is the first stroke)


We have written a Letter Formation Guide and practice sheets for left-handers and we also have an A3 size laminated writing mat with the letter formations and correct writing position guide.

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