This is primarily for Chinese, but applies to the various non-Latin middle-eastern and far-eastern scripts.
This is basically just a bunch of rough notes for now.
Consider a 0.5mm mechanical pencil, or even a 0.7. Using a large width pencil or pen will probably make complex characters difficult to write/read.
the closest to the real 毛筆, with real hairlike bristles
The sailor profit has bristles that are a bit too inflexible and isn't as good, but you can fill it like a fountain pen with a converter (don't need to buy refills).
- faber-castell PITT artist pen -- Felt tip
Sakura pen-brush -- Felt tip which freys very easily.
Consider tracing paper over good text/brush examples
(amazon.com) Learn to Write Chinese Characters
- ISBN-10: 0300057717
- ISBN-13: 978-0300057713
(amazon.com) Chinese Cursive Script: An Introduction to Handwriting in Chinese
- ISBN-10: 0887100333
- ISBN-13: 978-0887100338
- One guy says: They're not errors, they're changes and some people haven't caught up.
- ISBN-13: 978-7805801773
- (http://www.chinese-forums.com/index.php?/topic/2484-learning-to-read-handwriting/page-4#entry237918quote) It is filled with examples examples of how standard printed characters look when handwritten in a cursive style.
- It shows exactly what to do, ie changing the stroke order, simplifying certain elements of the character, etc.
- It gives examples of common mistakes and has reading and writing exercises for each character.
to read through: