These days typing seems to be more common than handwriting. For convenience sake this is great but, there is scientific research backing the idea that handwriting things actually helps you retain knowledge better. Handwriting forces your brain to engage with what you are writing to help it make sense. Whereas typing encourages copying verbatim without the need to process the information. The aim of this post is to show you how to improve your handwriting easily.
How To Improve Your Handwriting? You Need Inspiration
How to improve your handwriting? You need inspiration for how you want your writing to look. So I suggest going to Instagram and using the hashtag #handwriting or #studygram for inspiration. Or if you have seen a font you like, print it out and base your new handwriting on it. It may also be beneficial to find and watch Youtube videos of people writing to see how they shape their letters. The video below is a good place to start.
The Right Tools
If you are to improve your handwriting you need the right tools. Test out a few different pens or pencils to find something you’re comfortable with and you like the weight of. Or mix it up and try something different like a fountain pen. I find that pens that have more liquid inks such as gel pens or fountain pens are the best for me as I don’t need to use too much pressure to get them to write. Using too much pressure on your page can lead to hand cramps. My favourite pens are the Pilot Kakuno and Pilot Metropolitan fountain pens.
This can make a difference to how your pen moves or flows. I like Rhodia pad no. 18. I also LOVE Tomoe River paper which is this amazingly thin paper that handles any pen you can use on it without bleed through, but experiment with different paper to find your favourite.
Put It All Together
Now you have your equipment and some inspiration or guides to how you want your writing to look, it’s time to practise. Firstly try holding your pen differently. Have a look at this basic guide on how https://www.wikihow.com/Hold-a-Pen . Make sure your grip is light too, don’t death grip your pen as all your muscles tense up then too. You should also aim to move your hand across the page with your elbow almost like a pivot point instead of just moving your wrist as this leads to hand cramps. You can also experiment with tilting your paper and see how this changes the way your letters appear.
The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” is called a Pangram and it uses every letter in the alphabet so is a great sentence to practice with. Once you have written this a few times I recommend circling each element or letter that you don’t like and then practice how you would like it to look until it is second nature to you. Remember to start very slowly and purposely and then work up to normal speed as it gets better.
With your handwriting, you are aiming for consistency and uniformity. This is where graph paper can help in making sure your letter are the size you want with the right spacing in between words. Consistency and uniformity have to be developed through writing slowly until you get the hang of the style, work on speed down the track.
If you want something different to practice there are thousands of websites that have free handwriting practise sheets you can download. This one is directed at kids but it doesn’t make it any less useful https://www.studenthandouts.com/handwriting-worksheets/now-i-know-my-abcs-script-cursive-alphabet-sheet-arrows.html . I recommend doing a google search for adult handwriting worksheets to find one suitable for you.
When you start practising your handwriting it’s a good idea to only work for 10 or 15 minutes otherwise you may get bored or frustrated. The only way you will get better is with practice so do write everyday to see results. Keep your handwriting practise each day and date them so you can see your progress which will encourage you to keep going.
As long as you have a pen and paper you can practice writing anything. Some ideas for practice are:
- Start a quotes page in your bullet journal.
- Write the lyrics of your favourite song.
- Find some more pangrams to practice with.
- Do the crossword in your paper.
- Purchase or download a school handwriting book.
- See if you can find a Spencerian handwriting book.
- Write your shopping list.
- Participate in handwriting challenges such as #rockyourhandwriting on Instagram.
- When you are journaling write some of your entry slowly and carefully.
Really the key to how to improve your handwriting is have the right tools, practice daily, write slowly and keep analysing your writing to improve it. With inspiration and the right tools handwriting can be fun and rewarding.