For any teenagers who do not want to finish high school with poor penmanship or any adults who skimmed by high school with their poor penmanship thanks to required typed assignments, there is hope for improving your handwriting later on in life. I have never been too crazy about my handwriting and to be honest it was downright atrocious in high school, but it could still use a lot of work. So I recently decided that I wanted to do something about this. After some research on the topic and some trial and error with different techniques I discovered quite a few nifty tips. I am always eager to share knowledge I have come across so I thought would pass some of my favorite tips on to you.
Get ready for some homework in printing. I never thought I would be practicing printing as an adult since I was in grade school the last time it was a requirement but I have to admit that it is a great place to start. Not only can you review the correct way to write each letter and number but you can take this opportunity to develop your own style. Write out letters a couple of different ways and then choose which you like the best. Practice writing them this way every time until you do not have to think before writing them that way. During this process consider writing on a piece of the paper on the wall. This will help you maintain smoother and cleaner strokes. Regardless if you are writing on the wall or at your desk remember to take breaks, otherwise your hand and elbow will cramp. I learned this the hard way but as soon as I realized that breaks were important it made practicing so much more manageable.
Another thing that people do not usually think about doing when they want to improve their handwriting is how little they write. With emails, social media and so much communication and work done via the keyboard or cell phone key pad people generally do not write too much. So this next tip may be hard for some of us even more than the printing practice, but consider writing something whenever you can. If you are going to write an email to a friend, write in down on paper first. Consider writing a letter to a dear friend or family member who is not typically into computers. This is one way that I was able to practice and with a purpose. It is important that anytime you find yourself about to type something you write it down first if time is not an issue. If it is just write it down later. Have fun with this and write your tweets or status updates and share them as a picture of what you wrote, your friends will get a kick out of it.
This next tip is crucial. Do not stop practicing until you are completely satisfied with your handwriting. Also very important is the very next tip. Do not practice so much at a time that your handwriting is hindered because it becomes uncomfortable to write, again this is something that learned the hard way. The more you practice the less awkward it will be. I am glad that I decided to pursue improving my handwriting because now if I have to write something for professional purposes I can do it in less time. Plus the penmanship on the note is significantly more legible so I save time and still look professional. I would recommend for anyone who has put off perfecting his or her handwriting to consider some of the tips mentioned here.