Slanted Positional Writing.

An example of slanted writing. The photo was taken by Emily Suarez. The model is Sophia Marti.
Photo taken by Emily Suarez. Model is Regan salceda
An example of straight writing.

Slanted writing is the position of your paper when it is sideways to your body. Otherwise known as hot dog form. Straight writing is the position of your paper when it is perpendicular to your body. Otherwise known as hot dog position. Have you ever considered where the position of your paper is when you write? Have people ever told you that you write weirdly because it’s slanted? Have you ever wondered if there was anyone else that wrote the same way? Well, there are more people who write slanted, and we decided to take a closer look into it by interviewing these same people who write the same way you may. We want to know why people write like this. We want to know which way is better. So come on this journey to find answers on slanted writing with us so you can find answers.  

Let’s start at the very beginning. When does Slanted writing develop? Why does Slanted writing develop?

We want to chase down the root of slanted and straight writing. We asked people how they came to write in the position that they write in, in order to find out whether the position that you write in, is natural or not.  Six out of ten of our interviewees told us that it was something they always did naturally. The other four told us that they switched because they were inspired by their peers writing another way.

  We also thought that maybe it could be passed down through the family. But a very limited amount of our slanted writing interviewees had family, friends, or relatives who also wrote slanted. 

We also found that most people start writing with whatever position makes them the most comfortable at a very young age. To be exact only four, out of ten, switched positions. Moving on from a dead-end, and taking what we do know (it is developed naturally, most of the time.) and what the temporary goal is into consideration, it is concluded that it is usually just something that naturally happens. With the rare occasion of random happenings that will make a person choose to switch positions. We have found that most people write slanted simply because it is more comfortable for their hands and more productive for them to write with. 

Now that we know what causes people to be Slanted writers, what impact does this have in someone’s life?

Now that we know why and how people write either slanted or straight, the next question is now does it affect someone’s life. This is a passage by Sophia Marti, who will say what it is like being a slanted writer.

“As a Slanted writer, I have never thought deeply about other people’s writing ways and I never thought about my writing until Emily started this whole argument but I started to realize that I couldn’t write in a straight line and I type slanted but I also started to realize that sometimes I would end up taking the whole desk because of the way I write and I would have to reposition myself multiple times and when I would try and write in the straight matter it would feel uncomfortable and it would never last long. When I was younger I would try to write straight and one thing that affected cramps in my hands and I would end up cracking my fingers because they would hurt. I would get multiple calluses on my hand and eventually, I would give up.” -Sophia Marti 

When you review the interviewees’ responses that Emily wrote, you can see that most of our slanted writers agree with the things Sophia mentioned. 

We wanted to see if people read slanted as well, but only two of our interviewees read slanted.  

According to Rin (last name: anonymous), she said “I write slanted.” and as we asked her the question, “Are you the only one in your family that writes slanted, or is it just you?” and she responded, “no I think it’s just me.” 

We asked a few more classmates and a few people around the school and this is what they responded

An anonymous student responded, “I write slanted” and we asked her as well, “does anyone in your family write slanted?” and she responded, “yeah, my mom and 2 sisters write slanted, but my brother does not.” She also told us that she is right-handed. So this part shows the fact that she writes with her right-hand makes it seem like it doesn’t affect her. And she says that it is more comfortable to write like that. 

We found that people don’t just write because of their family’s inheritance and it is something that they have developed over the course of their life because they are more comfortable with the way they write.

So our conclusion is that people simply write slanted or straight because it is more comfortable for the writer and it does not affect the efficiency of the person being able to write fast or slow. 

Sources: Interviewees, and fellow Journalist Sophia Marti
Credits: Emily Suarez: Interviewer and writer  – Sophia Marti: Personal passage and ending paragraph – Lazer (Deugustine- Cavanaugh)-Writer.