To read more on other rules of writing in semi-cursive script (行書), please see the the full list.
Similarly to the third rule of writing Chinese calligraphy in cursive script, in semi-cursive script dots can be merged into a single line, too. Often times dots are connected in a way that even though they are written with a single brush stroke, one can still distinguish how many dots were merged.
Naturally, the level of fluency of writing and its suppleness depend on the style of writing. It is important not to mistake a Chinese calligraphy script (書体) with a Chinese calligraphy style (書風). Those are two completely different terms.
In the diagram above, I wrote the top part of the character 雲 (cloud), which is ⻗ (rain radical) in a manner closer to the cursive script (草書), whereas the bottom part stays closer to the standard script (楷書). This creates a good balance between a heavy and wide top and a narrow, built out of fewer brush strokes, bottom. The 4 dots of the ⻗ radical are merged into a single line. Watch the video below to see how I write it.
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