Penmanship – Tips for Skilled Handwriting

A vital aspect that we tend to overlook many a times, is ‘good handwriting’ or ‘Penmanship’, as it is known academically.Benjamin Franklin once said, “Take time for all things; great haste makes great waste”. Why write in haste and have bad handwriting and bad presentations? It is not really difficult to cultivate good handwriting once you decide to take out the time to write well. So, why write ugly or illegibly anymore when we can change that?

Bad handwriting has poor rhythm and many inconsistencies. The initial steps, whether you are a student or professional, include holding your pen at the top and writing a word. Let the lines be your guiding factor. If your writing is hard to read, or you find yourself erasing frequently, slow down a little.

Some Vital Handwriting Improvement Tips:

  • Understand the reason why you want to improve your writing – that brings in focus.
  • Choose the pen/pencil which you are comfortable with.
  • Get a proper writing grip – it should be light yet supportive, and there should be no undue tension in your hand position.
  • Sit in an erect posture, relaxed shoulders but straight back, with your non-writing fingers gently curled under your hand, and your hand position resting lightly on the table.
    Keep the table on which you will write, sufficiently empty, providing enough room to move your arm while writing.
  • Concentrate on moving from the shoulder and holding your forearm and fingers steady. Work on muscles from your shoulders, chest and more importantly, your back. Be seated upright.
  • Try finger painting as it is a vital skill that helps you to improve finger control.
    Practice whenever you can. Take every opportunity to write greater quantities.
    Practice your handwriting for a few minutes each day, and you should start to see improvements quite quickly.
    Do not get disheartened when people criticize your bad handwriting. Inspire yourself to work hard, and do not give up.

Everyone needs good handwriting. If you are a student writing an exam; you need good writing else the teacher who has so many papers to correct, will not have the patience to patiently interpret every shabbily written word. The same goes for a professionals and adults – do not be in a haste to write as it will lead to mistakes. As Moliere had rightly said, “Unreasonable haste is the direct road to error.”

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