Tuesday, 21 April 2015

How To Improve Your Handwriting // Part 1: Why?

Good morning, bloggy friends!

So I've been thinking about the subject of handwriting for a while, and I know that a lot of people struggle with the issue of messy writing. I've always loved and been fascinated by handwriting, and people sometimes tell me I write neatly. So I thought it might be fun to do a series on how to improve your handwriting. :)

So here's part 1:

 (All the images used in these posts were handwritten onto paper by me, then scanned onto the computer. Hence the slightly weird quality and why one side of the paper is cut off by the scanner. Sorry!)


First things first.

This series isn't just for those who think they write messily, it's for everyone! I love practicing my writing and I think we can all improve, no matter how neatly we write. Myself included, of course.

Why should we want to improve our handwriting?

Firstly, because it's considerate of others.
If I am a very messy writer, and every time I write something it's unable to be read, it is actually inconsiderate of those who are going to be reading it. I wouldn't want to feel like those reading my writing are having to struggle along, stopping every few words to decipher a particularly illegible scrawl. Legible writing is kinder to everyone.

Secondly, because it's considerate of myself.
Who wants to not be able to read their own writing? I can't imagine reading something I've written and not even being able to make out what it says. That just seems awful. Yet a lot of people struggle with that.

Thirdly, because you'll never regret it. 
Handwriting is something you'll always be very glad you took the effort to improve. Everyone needs to be able to write legibly. It's just one of those things that you really need to be able to do. And if you can't, trust me, you won't regret spending time improving it. It will take time, and effort, but it will definitely worth it.

Fourthly, because it's satisfying.
I love reading over what I've just written and feeling very satisfied that it looks pretty. It's just such a nice feeling. Handwriting can be a work of art.

Fifthly, because it gives you options.
If I'm at a conference and taking notes and having to scribble frantically to take down everything the speaker is saying (or in a similar situation), my writing is obviously not going to be the most legible, readable, beautiful work of art on the planet. However, if I am in the situation when I have the time, and the incentive, and the purpose, why wouldn't I want to write neatly? It's nice being able to scribble when I need to and write neatly when I need to, rather than just having one permanent go-to scrawl.

Right now I'm really hoping that you feel sufficiently motivated to improve your handwriting. And if you aren't feeling that way, well, go through and read the post again. :P

I'll be back in two days time with some tips and tricks that you can use to practice writing neatly.

Have a lovely afternoon, and God bless! :)
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  1. This is a very nice and original post. I love it! My cursive was really bad because due to the curriculum we were using I didn't really start learning cursive seriously until about 6th grade. I had a really tough time at that stage, but I think I've improved. My writing could still use work, though. My brother's used to be so bad, my mom only allowed him to use cursive for his penmanship homework. Otherwise, she couldn't grade any of his work! My youngest brothers started younger, though, and are doing well.
    So glad I found your blog!

    1. I'm glad you like it, Christine! :) To be perfectly honest, I can't write cursive. :) I didn't realise that when I said handwriting people would think I meant cursive!! I was sort of just meaning any writing you do by hand!!

    2. Haha ok. I guess I must have misunderstood. :)

  2. lol. I have my messy handwriting..as well as my "nice" handwriting..looking forward to more in this series! ;)

    1. Me too :) Haha unless I can think of lots to say, there's only going to be two parts in the series. :)

  3. Hi Bonnie, you wrote this at the right time! Just yesterday I was thinking "Hm, my handwriting is getting a bit sloppy." Looking forward to the next post. :)

    1. Glad it comes at the right time! Thanks for the encouragement, Rhoda.


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