Handwriting: 6 ways to improve it

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Handwriting has been replaced today with technology. You take notes in a smartphone application, make tables in Excel and write in documents stored online or in your laptop.

Very few people write by hand, in a diary or in notebooks. You’ve probably noticed at some point that your writing has deteriorated and doesn’t look as good as when you were a student. If you want to regain your dexterity and have a beautiful handwriting, here are some techniques and tools that can help you!

1.Practice writing in a journal

It is a saying that rehearsal is the mother of learning. That’s how it is! The more you write with the pen or the pen, the better the results. So that you can practice every day, buy an attractive diary and turn it into a diary. At the end of each day, give yourself ten minutes and write on a piece of paper everything that comes to mind. It can be about what you did that day, reminders, important notes or even to-do lists for the next day.

The important thing is not to rush. Write slowly so that you can form each letter as beautifully and elegantly as possible. Over time, you will be able to write faster and faster without affecting the quality of your writing.

This habit will help you write better over time, but it is also very beneficial for your mental health. Many studies have shown the effectiveness of journaling: this practice helps you to be calmer, happier and more organized.

2.Enroll in a calligraphy course

Calligraphy, which means “beautiful writing”, was and remains a visual art, especially when handwriting is replaced in daily activities with digital writing on electronic devices.

If you want to take handwriting to the next level, look for calligraphy courses. There are many options on the market and lessons that address different writing styles: with gothic or romantic characters. Such a course will teach you to write with a pen and pen, to outline the letters in an elegant way and to write like a professional.

Classical calligraphy is one that obeys strict rules, being the basic writing that we learn from kindergarten. However, there are several types of calligraphy, such as italic, copperplate, gothic, roman, uncial, etc., which are done depending on the writing angle, spacing, letter height and pressure on the writing instrument. The pressure determines the thickness of the lines, and the angle at which the writing instrument is held creates the elegant inclination and graceful shape of the letters.

The habit of writing beautifully remained among the nostalgic ones an activity that I still use, and others made classic calligraphy a passion, making a wide range of illustrations, invitations and personalized greeting cards, drawings or other things specific to decorative writing.

3.The position of the hand

Most people who have problems with writing do not know how to hold the writing instrument correctly. One thing that makes you realize that you are on the wrong path is the appearance of pain in the hand with which you write, because you use only your fingers, which can withstand all the pressure exerted by the hand. Therefore, it is the tendency to put your other hand on the writing sheet and lean on it.

Holding a writing instrument correctly is grasping it between the thumb and forefinger, supporting it on the middle finger. There is another technique, that of gripping between the thumb, forefinger and middle finger, supporting it on the ring, but this tends to strain the hand and does not provide lightness to the hand. The correct position of the hand is done by resting the hand on the edge of the palm and the bridge of the palm, and the supporting fingers (little finger and ring).

Another technique is to support your hand on the piece of paper, while moving your forearm and shoulder, so that the whole hand is relaxed and the fingers guide the movement more easily. This technique is explained by the fact that the muscles used in writing are not those of the phalanges, but the deltoid muscle (the muscle at the wrist) and the muscles of the forearm, which do not get tired so quickly.

4. Pay attention to posture!

It may seem surprising, but the posture also influences our calligraphy. First of all, choose to write at the desk or on a table, never on the couch. The back should be straight, but without forcing it. Maintain a straight posture that is comfortable for you. The shoulders should be relaxed, neither raised, nor brought forward, nor pulled back. Always support your back of the chair so that you feel it mold to the curvature at the bottom of the spine. keep both feet on the floor.

5.Use a backing sheet

If you find it difficult to move your hand progressively on the writing sheet, use glossy paper under your hand to make it slide more easily. This paper can also act as a protector, as the grease on the skin of the palm can be printed between the fibers of the paper, which will cause the ink to spread and the paper to become dirty.

6.Replace computer writing with handwriting

Because you have to practice handwriting as much as possible, try to create as many contexts for this activity as possible. While you’re at the office, keep an easy-to-use diary and some quality utensils by your laptop.

If you have everything you need at hand, you will see that it will be more natural for you to write on a piece of paper than to open a file on your laptop. You can also replace your phone shopping list with a physical one, which you can take with you to the supermarket.

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