Top 10 Pointers to Improve your Handwriting

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6. Inspiration is not a crime

We all have few friends with exceptionally awesome handwriting. So now take inspiration from them, study their curves and loops and spaces. Compare it and choose your style. This doesn’t have to be just one sample, choose four-five and take the best of them. Practice them and see what fits with your style. This can be done with MSWord as well. Type out different fonts, choose what you like and start copying it. Slowly you will develop your own style.


7. Shoulder power

Oddly enough, the fingers and wrist are not our prime area of concentration. It is the shoulders that should matter. Ideally, the wrist and fingers have to just hold the pen in place, keep it stationary. The shoulders have the real job. Every loop and curve should originate from the shoulder not the wrist. The added advantage here is that the shoulder muscles and forearms combine together beautifully and this group doesn’t tire easily. Thus you won’t run out of steam and the page will look amazing once you fill it.


8. Posture counts

Sit up straight, do not be rigid relax. Next, clear the desk and make room to move your hand around. Once you start writing, do not change the posture. When you reach the bottom of paper, do not adjust your stance, move the paper. The desk is your friend. Use it. It is said that the best work occurs when desk is at 45 degrees, but unless you are tech savvy Richie-rich, the regular desk will be just fine. Hunching down, writing with your head down will make the problem worse.


9. Get a Grip on it

Here is a tricky one. The Pen is not really a sword so do not hold it as such. Relax; grip should be light and supportive. Usual mistake made is to rest the non-ink end of the pen on the arch formed by the thumb and index finger. Rest it on or just in front of the base knuckle of the index finger (picture). And guys do not squeeze the pen. It won’t help for the ink flows on its own and the squeezing will tire you out.


10. Choose weapon carefully

Rusty proverb but perfect for the subject. Pen is mightier than sword. If you don’t go to a war with used out kitchen knife why use a pen that is just not right for the job. So here is how we choose. Consider three points: tip, ink and size. Starting with tip, there is fine, extra fine, medium and bold. Thick tip is smoother and fine one is neater.  Ink types are ball point (no smudges but not smooth), Rollerball (Smooth but smudges) and gel pen (No smudge and very smooth).  Size is matter of personal choice. Thick, thin, light, health and cushion grips.  So try out different pens and go with the feel. Your hand will tell you when it likes a version. Pick it up and march to the battle field. FYI left handed writers has a special pen made for them alone.  Also some people have sweaty hands, this will enable more smudging. B careful about it.

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