Have you ever taken the time to check out someone's handwriting? From how we cross our Ts and dot our Is, you can truly learn a lot about a person. You can tell if the person writing was in a hurry or if they took their time to write super neat. And, often you can even identify who wrote what because handwriting is as unique as we are as individuals. It truly is a part of our identity.
As soon as I began researching ways to perfect handwriting, I couldn't help but reflect on my own relationship with my handwriting... Sometimes it is love. Sometimes it is hate. There were even days I tried changing the way I wrote... Like in high school when I taught myself to write the lowercase letter "a" with the arch above it because I thought it was prettier than the lowercase letter a without the arch. I was successful by the way... Just check out the picture for this blog post!
Enough chat about me... What do YOU think of your handwriting?
Do you love it? If your answer is no... you are in luck! I've browsed the internet for tips on how to perfect your handwriting! And, if you have a love hate relationship with your handwriting, still stick around... You might learn a thing or two!
1. What are you writing with?
Pens, Pencils, Markers, Crayons... What you use to write with determines the quality of your handwriting. I mean, some tools like crayons are obviously not going to yield the quality of handwriting you are desiring... Although, I might add that crayons are good to practice writing big letter forms.
There are thousands of different writing utensils on the market, so honestly you just have to find the one that is perfect for you.
My go to writing utensils switch a lot but I am currently loving the Pilot Precise V5. When I write with it, it is super smooth and not overly responsive to the point that I can see little imperfections. I also love the Pilot G2 pens for every day writing, and the only pencil I ever use is the mechanical pencil, BIC Metic grip 0.7 mm.
2. How do you hold your pen?
Are you holding your pencil too tight or too loose?
I remember while in school getting the nasty writer's bump on my fingers and my hands hurting after class because I squeezed my pencil so tightly. Clearly, my type A personality was a little uptight. In fact, I remember copying my notes from class and my homework so that it was perfect. But seriously, I did.
But less about me, more about improving your handwriting!
One of the main things that will help you improve your handwriting is by simply having a nice, relaxed grip. That means none of your muscles in your hand should be overly flexed and your fingernails shouldn't be white from squeezing your writing utensil!
Just practice keeping a controlled grip on your writing utensil while keeping your wrist loose, your elbow as your anchor point and your shoulders relaxed. As your write, you should move your hand across the paper with your elbow almost like your pivot point. Try to not move your wrist a lot. This will cause your hand to get tired and cramp.
3. What are you writing on?
Did you know that what you write on matters?
Having lines on notebook paper give a good guideline for you to write straight. The lines also help you write evenly and consistently. It is important to note that the size of the ruling of the paper matters too. You don't want your handwriting to be so tiny it is illegible, but you don't want your writing to be too big either since imperfections are more noticeable in larger handwriting. For this reason, I have always preferred college ruled notebook paper. (This is the same ruling for the lined writing areas in both sizes of the Purple Planner!)
When using notebook paper, also try writing in the middle of the line versus at the bottom. When you write in the middle of the lines, it is more aesthetically pleasing because of the white space between your letters and the lines is symmetric.
It also helps to always have a "padding" piece of paper regardless of what type of paper you are writing on. For some reason, the extra sheet of paper underneath the one you are writing on provides the perfect cushier surface that makes it easier for all pens to write.
Okay, so I know we are all busy and it seems a like a waste of time to practice writing, but it really does make a difference.
Some sites I found recommended doing writing drills every day... You know the ones where you write the same letter over and over. They also recommended writing pangrams (You are actually familiar with these!). Pangrams are sentences that use all the letters of the alphabet like "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."
I know that practicing your writing by doing drills isn't the most practical option for a lot of people - including myself! So other opportunities to practice your handwriting include when you fill out forms (i.e. at your child's school or at the doctor's office), when you mail cards or packages, or just when you write daily in your planner. If journaling is something you are interested in, that is also the perfect opportunity to practice too!
Regardless of how you practice, simply using the good writing habits you learned here while implementing styles that you like will help your handwriting get better!
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I hope you enjoyed these tips I found for you and would love to hear what you think! You can share your thoughts or any recommendations for additional content to share on my blog by dropping a comment below or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for taking the time to read this blog post!