Hold is good. Grip is bad. Those great little helpers that go on pencils are called pencil grips. “Grip” makes me think clench the pencil tightly, and that’s the last thing we want to encourage. How we hold any tool affects the success of its use. We may concentrate intently on an action,  but our muscles must be relaxed for success, whether we throw a ball, hammer a nail, touch a bow to a violin, or put pen to paper.

So hold your pen or pencil .

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