How to Improve Your Handwriting

Posted on September 24, 2010 by forgetfulgentleman | 0 Comments

In today’s technological age, we don’t use handwriting as much anymore. We send emails or text messages or gchat. Even the need to scribble directions is lost with GPS phones. When you finally sit down to write a thank you note or a birthday card, chances are you may be a little rusty.

Don’t let your bad handwriting keep you from the thoughtful gesture of sending a handwritten note. Remember that it’s the act of sending a note that’s most important.

There are handwriting coaches that you can pay $75+ an hour to, or you can work on your handwriting yourself. Here are a few tips for having your handwritten notes look better:

General tips:

- Write less. Cramming more words onto a note will never look good. You are in control, and your writing should reflect this. Use a thin pointed pen. Thick pens look sloppier, and bring more attention to poor handwriting. Heavier pens help too.
- Angle the paper slightly to create a gentle tilt to your writing style.
- Stay on line. Use a second piece of paper as a guide to ensure your words are consistently on line.
- Indent the body of the note. Put the Dear/To and Sincerely/Regards on the far left hand margin, and indent the body of the note.
- Be succinct and articulate. That’s why we include “Forgetful Gentleman’s Guide to Articulate Writing” in every set of cards.

Handwriting Tips:

- Avoid finger-writing. Focus less on moving your fingers, and more on your forearms. Fingers just serve as a guide.
- Hold the pen lightly.
- The fastest legible handwriters avoid cursive letter-shapes and use only the easiest joins of connecting letters.
- Finish each letter before you start the next. Especially with letters t, I, j and x…which people tend to connect.
- Make the long letters bigger…t, f, l, y. This adds character to your writing.

Improving your handwriting is a constant challenge. Even William Shakespeare struggled with it.

"I once did hold it, as our statists do, A baseness to write fair, and labour'd much How to forget that learning, but, sir, now It did me yeoman's service." --William Shakespeare, HAMLET, Act 5, Scene 2

Now pick up a set of cards and start writing to family and friends. After all, it’s the gentlemanly thing to do.

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