Did you know that February is National Correspondence Month? Obviously there are many different ways to “correspond,” especially in our techno-age. But why don’t you take a page out of the past and try corresponding by handwriting a note or letter?
I know – with a grimace you’re thinking that no one could even read your handwriting these days.
Well, we’ve discussed several times here how truly special a note written in your own hand is to the recipient. So don’t let handwriting with a bit of scribble or scrawl keep you from enjoying this great means of corresponding.
Here are 5 ways to improve your handwriting, and they’re all easy:
Handwriting, like any skill, gets better with practice. Your once proud handwriting turns into a scribble simply because it is not being used every day.
Now don’t groan about “practice” – just 15 minutes a day writing out the alphabet is all you need. Or spice it up with a line or two. “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog” has all 26 letters in our alphabet.
2. Proper Positioning
Holding the pen properly is very important. Hold the pen nicely between your thumb and index finger and rest the pen lightly on the spot between the knuckle and tip of your middle finger. This light grasp will keep your hand from cramping and fatiguing which leads to a deterioration in handwriting.
3. Slow Down
You can’t expect consistent results when you’re writing too fast. Then all you get is that scribble. The key is to go slow enough that you can anticipate the next move before it happens and so you can create consistent movements. Nice penmanship will never be as convenient or as fast as typing. With handwriting the fact is you need to slow down.
You might want to practice with guide sheets to maintain consistency. If you can hone in on your consistency, your handwriting will get much better.
Practice with guides such as ruled paper. You want your lowercase letters to stay within the same x-height, except for the ascender and descender strokes. You want your uppercase and ascending lowercase letters to be at consistent heights. You want your descenders to have a consistent height. Practicing with guides will help ingrain that consistency into muscle memory.
And this is the type of thing that makes your handwriting easily legible.
You can download cursive and print alphabet guide sheets from the internet to help you practice.
5. Use the Proper Tools
If you use poor quality pens you’ll have poor results. When the ink doesn’t flow easily and smoothly off the paper, you’re required to apply more pressure. And a narrow pen requires a tighter grip.
A good writing tool to use to prevent hand-cramping and fatigue is a scientifically-designed ergonomic pen.