MY HANDWRITING WAS ONCE BAD: SEE 9 STEPS TO IMPROVE YOUR HANDWRITING
Quite a few years back, my handwriting wasn’t as good as I wished.
Over time, I realized the importance of my handwriting and the impression it can make in daily life as a student, a professional and an individual. Hence, my quest to improve it continued to grow and I had to work it out realistically and intentionally to get what I wanted.
By the time I was done working on my fingers and ink, friends and colleagues took turns to have access to my well-written notes at the end of the class or a meeting.
You might have had an awkward situation due to your not-to-good handwriting or other reasons to improve your writing.
Whatever your reason is, having good handwriting is a plus to you. May I let you know that you have made a good choice. As a matter of fact, there are many nice reasons to make your writing legible and attractive.
Below, I will share some of the things you can do if you really want to have legible handwriting.
1. Be determined
Failure will never overtake you if your determination to succeed is strong enough. Therefore, when it comes to changing your writing too, you need serious determination, not a brief one.
Any mediocre can have a brief determination but to achieve lasting results, you need to go the extra mile and ensure you don’t stop until you see changes.
Winners don’t quit, remember? So, ask yourself – why do I really want to change my writing? perhaps you can write a list and this will give you the needed boost to amp up your zeal in discouraging moments.
2. Hold it professionally
Whether it is a pencil or a pen you are using to write, you need to hold it in a way that will speak your skillfulness. The tips of your fingers should be close to the pen’s tip, especially your thumb, index finger and middle finger.
The base of the pen should rest within the opening between your thumb and index finger when they make a curve around the pen. It’s advisable to let the base of the pen move closer to the index finger, this will make you more relaxed.
If you do this, a larger part of the pen will rest on your index finger and you will have more control over your pen. I think you should try this now. Make your grip tight and write like a professional.
3. Your pen matters too
There’s no doubt that some pen will make your handwriting look terrible, some will even slow down your writing speed. I will recommend any pen with a tiny tip. Such a pen will make your handwriting thin and legible.
Light pens too could increase your speed, no extra weight, just simple and effective. Personally, I love very slim pens with legible ink.
You should check it out and see if it works for you too. I am hopeful it will. Alternatively, you could buy a number of pens to see which one works best for you before sticking to it.
4. Tools You See Everywhere
Newspapers, magazines, newsletters – Yeah, you heard that 🙂 . The daily newspapers you see all around you were beautifully printed with creative calligraphy and font styles.
In those days, I would look into the lines and study how the letters are written one after the other. I will then replicate it on a blank piece of paper.
This continued until I didn’t need to look at the newspaper to write my words in my desired font style. I also didn’t forget to give myself some accolades each time I notice an improvement 😆 .
You should try this too. If you are not satisfied with the hard copies you find around you, go to font websites, you will see a plethora of styles.
5. Your sitting posture
As simple as this sounds, if you don’t prepare the whole of your body to write, they will throw tantrums and make you discouraged. In other words, let your back, legs, hands and the rest of your body know it’s writing time.
Don’t just sit at the edge of the bed or just anywhere, except what you want to write is very brief. When you want to write a good number of words, have a good sitting position, a good chair and table isn’t hard to find.
Albeit, when you have perfected your writing skills, you can choose to write anywhere you find yourself. Although ensure your surface is smooth enough to allow you to write.
If you have problems with vertical alignment, draw an invisible or light line from your previous line to match your new line underneath and continue writing from the invisible line.
Perhaps your challenge is sticking to a straight horizontal line, keep writing on papers that have visible lines until you get used to it. By the type you write on a plain sheet, you will most likely not deviate from your unseen line.
Don’t forget to add a clear space between one word and the next word, you don’t want your writing looking like scanty noodles on a big plate 😉 .
7. Take your letters one after the other
Perhaps you know which particular alphabet is giving you a tough time, take your time to improve that first before you begin to write words and sentences.
If it’s the small letter “a” or the capital letter “A”, spend substantial time on it first and perfect it. When you see a difference, begin to write the letter or alphabet in many words and sentences.
I bet you will love the changes you see.
8. Write as often as possible
As you know, practice makes perfect. Keep writing at every opportunity you get. Type less and write often.
There are things you might need to quit printing directly from your computer, take the pain to write them in your notes. You could then take a picture of it or scan and send to the printer.
This will help you to know how far you have improved, the transition will be glaring as you see your writing more often around you.
Compile your to-do lists with your pen rather than using apps for now just to improve yourself.
Keep a journal, write your lecture notes, write your shopping list, write letters, write your grocery list and do as many writings as possible.
9. You might need to slow down
If you have an incredible writing speed but poor handwriting, you might need to slow down a little to perfect your handwriting.
If you write too fast, you might lose your vertical and horizontal alignment and make more mistakes with your start and end points. Take it easy for now till you’re perfect. Write slowly, neatly and legibly
So, I hope you get remarkable results after trying all these proven suggestions.
All the best as you develop your writing skills.
What have you been doing lately to improve your handwriting?