In this digital age where most writing is done using a personal computer or cell phone, the art of handwriting has not lost its importance. While manual script has taken a backseat for quite some time, you may want to rediscover its importance and put pen to paper more often.
Whether you are an older child, teenager or adult, it is never too late to improve your handwriting. With regular practice and enough motivation, you can change that chicken scratch into beautiful writing. The keywords here are persistence and motivation.
When it comes to mastering penmanship, there are things one needs to know and put into practice in order to see results. They include:
Accept Your Handwriting the Way It Is
You are probably never going to be perfectly satisfied and happy with your writing style. However, you should recognise that, with some effort, it is easy to improve. Just experiment and find a style that suits you, regardless of what it may look like, as long as you are comfortable.
Beautiful handwriting is like a beautiful painting – it is subject to technology, fashion, and personal judgment. The Mona Lisa was not considered a good painting after being painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, until it was made the focus of attention by Franco-Italian nationalism.
Similarly, the Serif Renaissance handwriting style is considered to be barely legible, and children are now encouraged to use a sans-serif style of handwriting that resembles digital fonts like Arial and Calibri. In the long term, neither of these handwriting styles can be considered “good”, but there have been times when each was considered ideal.
Do Not Rush Your Handwriting
When it comes to neat handwriting, time is the key. Take it slowly at first as you learn how to draw the letter carefully and strokes neatly. The more you practice speed writing the faster you get. You will master the habit of writing clearer and what you have written will be legible to you. In the end, your patience will pay off.
When writing, take your time and ensure that every letter is perfectly shaped. Do not stress about speed before you have got the hang of how to shape your letters as it will come later. You have to learn how to walk before you can run. Handwriting is not a race – you can take as much time as you need, years even, to perfect your handwriting skills.
Do not give up
The first few trials of improving your writing may prove difficult, and your letters may end up sloppy. Like everything else in the world, perfecting your handwriting does not happen overnight and requires regular practice. If you have patience and try your best, your writing skills are bound to improve.
To avoid this practice from feeling like a chore, try keeping a journal or a diary. This way it seems less like a task and more fun for you. If you often write on your computer, go offline for a while and manually write with pen and paper.
When you have some spare time, try writing what is on your mind while paying attention to perfecting your writing skills. Write letters to your family and friends even if you don’t actually send them! Write a daily to-do list, or go one step further and create a bullet journal. Daily handwriting practice will result in big changes. Just think of it as doodling!
The best way to get better at something is to practice. Don’t be afraid to go back to square one, and get books and sites on how to write. Print large fonts from your computer and trace the letters to get a feel for the shapes, and you will definitely improve.