Nowadays, we don’t need to write things by hand as we did in the past. Everything now is digital, so instead we are using our computer or phone to write lists, texts or send emails. However, there are still times that we do need to write.
Our writing changes through the years and as we grow we develop our own style. A lot of people though, are not comfortable with the way their handwriting looks. Especially the younger generations, since they don’t write a lot, they don't get enough practice in order to perfect their style and have a good handwriting.
But what is ‘good handwriting’?
Good handwriting generally is when your letters are balanced and clearly formed on the page with an even spacing between the letters and the words.
If you are unhappy with the way your handwriting looks and you want to find ways to improve it, the following steps and techniques will surely help you to better your style.
- Make sure when you write that you sit comfortably and use a surface with enough light and space to write on.
- Choose the right paper. When you choose notepads or journals, place your hand on the surface of the paper and see how it feels. The smoother the paper, the better the pens will write on it, and therefore your letters will look better.
- Choose lined, squared, dotted or plain styled paper. Personally, I find that I write better on dotted or squared paper. I don’t really like the lined one and I stay away from the plain paper because I can’t write straight, no matter how hard I try!
- Choose a pen or pencil that you like to write with. I have hundreds of pens (literally) but I always find myself picking 3-4 specific ones, because I like the way they write, and I find that when I use them, my letters look better. When you are choosing a pen, try to think of the type of the ink, the size and the shape of the pen as well as the point of the pen. Also make sure your pens dry fast, so that you prevent smudging.
- Choose a pen that’s comfortable to hold, and where the ink flows smoothly without your having to push too hard on the paper.
- Practice makes better. The more you practise the better your handwriting will get. Try to practise 10-15 minutes every day.
- Practise whenever you can and take every opportunity to write things down, whilst focusing on your handwriting. Write down your to-do lists, notes or start a journal.
- Start practising the letters you have the most trouble with.
- Look at some computerised fonts or other people's handwriting for ideas.
- Practise writing the same sentence over and over. One good idea is to choose a pangram, which is a sentence that has all the letters of the English language.
- Try to be consistent in terms of angle, length, and height of your letters. You can use special practice sheets that have horizontal lines to help you with that.
- Use different coloured pens and have fun with it!
Handwriting Practice Guide
I’ve created a handwriting practice guide with loads of practice sheets to help you improve your handwriting.
Use the practice sheets and set a daily practice routine in order to see your handwriting improve and become better and better. The more you practise the better your handwriting will get. A beautiful handwriting style is always noticed - in your bullet journal, cards, notes letters and so on.
This downloadable digital guide is divided into PDF files, so that you can easily identify which pages you’d like to print. And you can print as many copies as you want, without worrying about messing up your practice sheets.
The Handwriting Practice Guide includes the following:
- Detailed instructions to help you use the practice sheets.
- 26 Practice Sheets - one for each letter in both upper and lowercase form.
- 3 Express Practice Sheets of the small letters.
- 3 Express Practice Sheets of the capital letters.
- Numbers and Symbols practice sheets.
- Pangram practice sheet.
- 5 different styles of empty practice sheets to practise your own words.
- Prompts and ideas to keep practising every day.
GET THE GUIDE NOW AND START FEELING MORE CONFIDENT ABOUT YOUR HANDWRITING.
Do you like your handwriting? Is there anything you would like to change about it? Feel free to share in the comments below ;)