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Journal along with me

Improve your handwriting in easy steps

Use a nice pen

Firstly, in order to write nicely, you need a good pen. That pen doesn’t need to be expensive, however, it needs to be comfortable to hold and smooth to write with. There are some great ballpoint pens that write nicely, or you could try a felt tip. Certainly, my best writing isn’t always with a fountain pen. I suggest you practise with different types of pen until you find something suitable.

Have a warm up

Treat your brain like a muscle and give it a gentle warm up if you want it to work well at a task.

I find that it can be daunting when I want to write something beautiful; that blank page is looking back at me, and I feel I am going to mess it up. It helps to get some scrap paper and write a few lines on there first. The warm up writing gets me over that first hump and pays dividends in the end.

Take your time

Relax and don’t rush as it is not a race. Take your time to think about what you are writing. Above all, think about the individual letters, not just the words you are writing. There’s no backspace key for handwriting unfortunately, so mistakes are going to happen.

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Look up spellings

If you are not sure how to spell something, double check it before you write it. In addition, you could keep a word list in the back of your journal to refer to.

Eliminate distractions

If you are in a busy environment, try wearing noise cancelling earphones to reduce the distractions. You don’t have to actually listen to anything, but if you want to then try just some calm music, or white noise for example.

Step away from the keyboard

This is a digital age, and we are conditioned to typing everything. This means that our handwriting gets rusty. You are not going to improve your handwriting by bashing words out on a keyboard. At least step away from the computer when you can. For example, have a notebook for your shopping lists instead of using a phone app. Hand write letters to friends, family – yourself even!

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Write words not alphabets

While you may think that pages of flawless alphabets look stunning on Pinterest and Instagram, it’s not the best way to improve your handwriting in my opinion. I think you need to write words, so that you learn how the letters flow and join.

Analyse your own handwriting style

I am not saying you should analyse your writing to find out more about your personality, even though that could be fun! What I mean is, that if you want to develop a certain style, look at how you write naturally and see how you can adapt your letter formation.

I have tried and tried to change the way I write the number two. I force myself to write it in a different way to what comes naturally. Hence, my brain tries to revert to my own curly version, and often wins! For this reason, I often think it would be better to embrace it and accept it, rather than try to change it. However, I sometimes change the way I write the letter ‘a’ with no trouble at all.

Final thoughts

Above all, remember that we are our own worst critics so don’t be too hard on yourself. Handwriting is unique and individual, and therefore is something worth celebrating.

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12 thoughts on “Journal along with me”

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    1. Hi Lena. It took me a while to get more confident with my journal. Glad this is helpful for you. Thanks for commenting. Mx

    1. Thanks for your comment. What are you studying? Ooh I would be interested to know if handwriting does help you learn better than typing your notes.

  3. Thanks for hints on handwriting. Though I’ve been keeping a cursive journal since the mid-1980 I still need to brush up or retrain. My tool of choice is a #2 pencil, but not always

    1. Thanks for your comment. Don’t you worry that a pencil could be erased? That’s amazing that you have kept a journal for all that time 🙂

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