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How to Improve Bad Handwriting (In 9 steps and 5 minutes a day)

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We are so used to typing on our computers and mobile phones, that it seems we might have forgotten how to write using pen and paper. Good news is that it is just a matter of practice, and that bad handwriting can be improved even in adulthood.

It’s also worth noting that some studies have linked traditionally-thought “messy” handwriting as a potential sign of intelligence!

The most important thing is to be patient and consistent and to practice daily.

Easy tips to improve bad handwriting

1. Write slowly

At the beginning, we suggest you write more slowly than you would, normally. That way, you will be able to examine your handwriting and see what bothers you the most. We spend far more time typing than actually writing, so it is completely normal that it takes you more time to write something than to type it.

In other words, the goal is legible handwriting, no matter how long it takes to complete a word or sentence. Time is often the most important factor when moving from messy handwriting to neat handwriting.

Note: If your handwriting is messy due to smudging (especially pertinent for left-handers, like my husband) you may need to get a pen with fast-drying ink or even wear a writing glove to help prevent smudging ink.

2. Identify your weak points

Write the alphabet on one sheet of paper to see what letters are causing you the most problems. Circle or underline them and then focus on improving those letters first. It is amazing how one or two letters can change overall look of the text you wrote.

3. Check the size and height of your letters

The most common issue people face is that some of their letters are too big and some are too small. That is the main reason why someone’s handwriting looks messy and illegible. Try to align your letters and make sure they have more or less same height and size. This small thing will improve your overall handwriting.

For instance, tall letters, like “t” “b” or “d” should be taller, but not bigger than others. Letter size for uppercase and lowercase letters may be a bit different, too.

Tip: Use worksheets and watch tutorials for the letters to help.

4. Choose the right pen and paper

We suggest you try more pens until you find the one that works for you the best. A comfortable pen comes through in your handwriting skills. Never underestimate investing in a good pen that can last for years.

When it comes to paper, at the begging you should use paper with lines, or lined paper, because it will help you make sure that all letters have same height and size. A piece of paper that has straight lines helps you  in a few ways including:

  • Keeping your words and individual letters in a straight line
  • Helps you make more progress during each handwriting session, since you’re able to fit more words on the page
  • Avoids slanted or diagonal lines

5. Watch videos 

Use the benefits of modern technology to improve your handwriting. Look for videos of professional calligraphers writing and explaining how they’re writing. You can find a lot of them online for free, you just have to choose a style you like and then follow it. This might be the best way to improve your bad handwriting.

Here’s a great one:

6. Copy handwriting that you like

It can be a handwriting of someone you know, or a beautiful handwriting you found online. At the beginning, the easiest way to improve your handwriting is to copy the one you like. At first it probably won’t look even similar, but it will soon improve. Remember that the goal is to create your own handwriting style, but it is useful to copy someone’s else until you get the idea what do you want your handwriting to look like.

So, go ahead and get some handwriting inspiration before you put pen to paper.

7. Practice on handwriting worksheets

Even though it seems like an activity that kids do at school, you should give it a try! Find handwriting worksheets online, print them and than use them for practicing. It is one of the best ways to practice and improve your handwriting. The results are guaranteed.

8. Start writing a journal

As we already said, the most important thing is a daily practice. And is there a better way to do it than to start daily journaling? Journaling has many benefits, it helps to clear our mind and reduce stress. If you commit to daily journaling, you will get at least 5 minutes of practice every day! It might seem a little, but remember: it is important to be consistent and sometimes little steps are all it takes.

9. Be patient

This may be the most important tip. All good things take time, so be patient and don’t be too hard on yourself. You should never compare yourself to others, who have probably just practiced for a longer period of time than you. Give yourself some time and you will be amazed when you see the results you have achieved.

It is important not to give up if you do not see any improvement at first. Just stick with it and practice whenever you have some time. After a while your handwriting will improve, and you will be able to write notes and thank-you cards to the people you love, in your own, unique handwriting.

10. Take your time

Being patient over the long haul, until you improve, is important. But taking your time to actually write each letter is equally important. Slowing down and concentrating almost instantly improves your penmanship.

So, the next time you dedicate 10-15 minutes to write a journal or a letter – do not rush.

Write a shorter letter or journal entry. You never know; this one tactic can improve your handwriting enough to satisfy you!

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