How To improve your handwriting for the better
Well, according to Richard Fraser, a handwriting analysis expert and forensic handwriting examiner, ” You can improve your handwriting at any age if you are truly determined to.“
Over the years, I have tremendously improved my handwriting and most of it has been through rigorous practice.
If you are struggling with your handwriting, be rest assured that will change if you have the heart and determination to make it happen. Let’s make it happen!
Are you comfortable with how you hold your pen?
The way you hold your pen may differ from the way the next person holds theirs. The question on your mind might be, “Does the way I hold my pen affect my handwriting?” MAYBE.
Let me explain. So I have tried 4 different ways of holding a pen and this is what I have found out. With 3 of the hand grips, my handwriting did not change at all. How? Well, I was primarily using at least three fingers to grip my pen. My thumb, index finger, and middle finger. These 3 fingers offer a steady grip and enough traction for me to move my pen freely across the paper.
The 4th grip that made my handwriting different was with two fingers only; the thumb and index finger. I was able to write faster but my handwriting suffered a great deal. The grip was too loose, which made my handwriting so uneven and all over the place.I did not have enough control over the pen.
Therefore, my verdict here is, hold your pen whichever way you feel more comfortable, as long as you have good control of your pen. Remember, you are the boss of that pen.
Does your handwriting change as you keep writing?
Its normal to see a change in your handwriting after writing for a while. Usually, you start out with a very good and legible handwriting, but as you proceed, your handwriting starts to change for the worse. This can be really frustrating sometimes.
This is due to the fact that your muscles are tired, and to adjust to the tiredness, they loosen up and that causes the change in your handwriting. To cope with this, train yourself how to write with minimal pressure between your hand & pen, and pen & paper.
Don’t grip your pen too tight. The tighter you grip your pen, the more pressure you apply to your muscles, and the quicker you get tired or experience hand cramps. (Those are the worst).
Also, the amount of energy you apply to pen and paper matters. If you are able to see a clear outline of your handwriting on the next page, that’s an indication that you should reduce the pressure of your pen to paper.
When you apply even pressure throughout your writing, be rest assured you will maintain the same handwriting.
Slow down, take your time
Now, its understandable if you are in class taking notes, and don’t have the time to slow down and concentrate on forming your letters. Although, if you find time, try writing slower and focus on how you write each letter. If you are not happy with how you write, take a look at some of my handwriting styles and copy from them. Grab the worksheets for each style here.
Once your muscles become familiar with how you form letters, then slowly increase your handwriting speed.
What kind of pen do you use?
Most people claim that their handwriting changes with different pens. According to me, the pen you use should not necessarily change your handwriting. I personally prefer to use a gel pen instead of a ball point pen.
One thing we can all agree on is that different people may be comfortable with a specific type of pen. There are people who have sworn to using gel pens only, and those who can use whatever pen they have at hand.So use a pen you are most comfortable with. Your pen choice will not change your handwriting.
Find inspiration to copy from.
You can find a lot of inspiration on the Internet. Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr are examples of platforms you can find various handwriting ideas to copy.
Some of my handwriting styles that you could start with are below. If you would like practice worksheets for any of the handwriting styles below, find them here.
Practice creates confidence.
Am sure you have heard this so many times and you probably don’t need me to repeat it to you, but I wouldn’t be doing you justice if I don’t. Practice as often as you can. Include your practice session as part of your daily routine.
I have created practice worksheets that contain instructions and progress tracking sessions that will help you in your daily practice. They are in digital, PDF format which means you can download as many as you wish and practice as often as possible.
They tracking sessions will help you in determining if there is any positive change in your handwriting and how long it has taken you to change it.