Learn to Love Your Handwriting

Learn to Love Your Handwriting

We’ve established that your handwriting has value. But how do you learn to love it? How do you improve it?

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Check out all the imperfect handwriting!

First, let’s think about why you hate it. Do you hate the way it looks? Do you hate the actual physical process of writing? Does it take too long? Are you afraid of making grammatical errors or spelling mistakes?

I’ve got a few ideas for you that should help with all those problems.

First up: the appearance of your handwriting. Do a little handwriting, and take a close and detailed look at it. Is there anything you like about it? What, in particular don’t you like about it? Next, think about the people who have handwriting you like. Focus on the details again, and note what exactly it is that you like. The shape of the letters, how they connect and relate to each other, the general flow. Once you’ve got all these details in mind, start practice writing using the letter shapes that you found you liked, and try to avoid the things you didn’t. This is going to take some time, because you’ve been writing the way that you write for a lifetime. It takes time to change those habits.

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This is more like it. The letters are nice and round, and there aren’t any cross outs or rewrites!

Kristina Werner made a great little video about handwriting last month. You can watch it on Youtube here. She also recommends finding writing you like and mimicking it, as well as practice, practice, and more practice.

Next issue: Hating the actual physical process. Maybe it’s painful. Maybe you’re left-handed and always end up with ink blurred all over your hand. I can’t force you to like it. But maybe the reason you aren’t liking it has more to do with the tools you are using, rather than the process itself. Experiment with different pens and pencils and papers. See if there’s something that’s more comfortable and less messy before you give up on handwriting.

Third: Time. It takes too long to write neatly. Personally, I’ve found it takes longer to type and print and cut journaling to fit on a page than it does to write it. But I may not be the best example, since my handwriting isn’t exactly neat. If I slowed down, and concentrated on writing neatly, it would take more time, but still not as much time as using the computer. But that may just be me.

Fourth: Grammar and spelling. This is a case where the computer is very handy for those who are worried about misspelling something, or using the wrong their/there/they’re. It’s not so good at helping you write better composed journaling, however. That requires practice. Once again, writing how you speak is another way to capture who you are. You may have a particular turn of phrase that the computer will flag as grammatically incorrect, but that you say all the time. Why can’t you document that? It’s okay to be imperfect. We’re all much more likable that way.

Finally, I’ve got one more way for you to get your handwriting on a page. It’s a bit of a cheat actually, but a fun one! How about using your beloved computer to journal with a font based on your own handwriting? Try out this inexpensive handwriting to font generator from Your Fonts. (And yes, that is an affiliate link.) When you fill out the form with your letters, pay attention to how you write each letter in the box. By being consistent, you’ll get a better font flow, and it will look better on your page.

Are you ready to use your handwriting on your page now? If you still don’t want to do it EVER, please tell me why in the comments!

6 Responses »

  1. Great tips Heather. I actually almost always write on my layouts. I have had a hard time incorporating the computer in order to get print onto my layouts. I like my handwriting so it doesn’t bother me to much. I would like to learn how to create those little strips of paper of font from the computer like I see on so many layouts though.

    • Thanks Beth! I’ll see what I can put together as a little tutorial for those little strips of paper with computer journaling. I find doing those easier than doing the blocks of text actually. Less formatting!

  2. I dont like the way I write. It look neat but when you try to read it It’s sometime incomprehensible. But I continue to write on my pages. I try to write more in cursive some months ago because my son have to learn it. We practice together and he love to see that his mother have to do homework also 🙂

    • I’m so glad you write on your pages, and that you’re practicing writing with your son! Those are great ways to share yourself with the people you love!
      Look at the writing that you say is incomprehensible. See if you can figure out what you are doing that makes it difficult to read. Once you have that figured out, you can decide what you want to do, and whether to change your writing or not.

  3. I usually have to write on something that I glue/tape in later, because if I mess up and have to cross stuff out, it bugs me – and I usually need to write things more than once before I’m happy with it. I like how you did your journaling on tape strips – I think that might help me, because it’s so much easier to cut another piece of tape than have to throw out a cute journaling card because I messed up.

    • Washi tape is great for journaling strips Leah! Another thing that works well for making journaling strips? Paint chip samples!

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