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: