Chinese Calligraphy Running Script simplified Chinese: 行书; traditional Chinese: 行書; pinyin: xingshū (semi-cursive) approximates normal handwriting in which strokes and, more rarely, characters are allowed to run into one another. In writing in the running script, the brush leaves the paper less often than in the regular script. Running script characters are less constrained and faster, where more movements made by the writing implement are visible. These styles' stroke orders vary more, sometimes creating radically different forms. They are descended from Clerical script, at the same time as Regular script (Han Dynasty), Characters appear less angular and rounder. The characters are also bolder. In general, an educated person in China or Japan can read characters written in the running script with relative ease but may have occasional difficulties with certain idiosyncratic shapes.