"Simply Calligraphy: a beginner's guide to elegant lettering" is just that a step by step guide to writing beautifully. I have always been envious of those whom have beautiful handwriting. I remember over the years receiving letters, invitations, and notes that were addressed so elegantly and thinking I wish I could do that or there is no way I could ever write like that! Well I was wrong. This book is just the thing for me to get me on the path to writing more elegantly. This book begins with explaining the proper "tools" that are needed - paper and pens, and which types to use and why. Then it gets into the various strokes and lengths of stokes needed to create letters. There are illustrations and step by step instructions for creating the various letters. And this book does not end there, there is a section on flourishes as well, which I love! I am so excited to be practicing this and cannot wait to address an envelope and write a note with elegant writing, if this is something you would like to do as well then this book is a must-have!