In a day and age where technology has taken over in day to day life, we can sometimes go for days without so much as picking up a pen. We rely heavily on phones, laptops and tablets to write for us, taking away the need to be neat, tidy and removing that personal touch
Good handwriting is a skill that should not be lost. Luckily our children continue to be taught how to write neatly when they are young, but as we grow older in this modern world, we often forget how to keep our handwriting legible. Here are some quick tips on how to keep your handwriting tidy, keeping the personal touches that can mean more to someone than an auto-generated letter.
Choose the right pen
Different pens offer different writing styles, so it may take you a few attempts to find the one that works best for you. A fountain pen can mean that you write slower with more of a flourish, whereas a ballpoint is faster and conforms more to everyday standard writing. Gel pens are popular as they breach the gap between the previous two examples. Pencils are not generally used for handwriting purposes, although if you struggle to hold or use a pen, then a well designed pencil could be an option.
Find a style that you like
We’ve all had handwriting envy at some point in our lives. You probably thought the person who sat next to you in school or university had wonderfully handwriting, using a pen that moved quickly and effortlessly across the page, whilst you struggled to stay on the lines and had blots of ink in random places! In reality the person sitting next to you wanted your handwriting too, it is simply that we judge ourselves too harshly. However, it can sometimes be useful to borrow a handwriting style that you like from someone else and work to recreate it. Over time the style will become your own, with a uniqueness that will set it apart.
Practise your penmanship
As with most things in life, perfection requires practice! It is easy to get out of the habit of writing neatly, but sometimes it takes a while to get back into the swing of things. Copy an excerpt from a book that you like, or write a letter to a friend in order to get used to the flow of the pen, writing against notebook lines and keeping a flow of joined up writing that is clear and tidy.
Use your handwriting more often
Once you have your lovely neat handwriting back, don’t lose it. Write letters and birthday cards, start a journal or carry a notebook around with you rather than make entries on your phone. Beautiful handwriting is a special skill to have and should not be forgotten...after all, who knows how long technology will be with us!
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