7 top tips for handwriting
You can’t forget how to write but whether you’re 7 or 70, you can always improve. The way we are taught to write is the foundation for how we form words and letters throughout our entire lives, and may also affect how we feel about handwriting.
The process of handwriting is a complicated one. Putting down on paper what you’re thinking involves effort from your hand, elbow, shoulder and eyes. Starting with crayon scribbles and moving all the way up to fountain pen essays perfects this coordination and enables you to develop your very own writing style.
Try our 7 top tips for improving your handwriting:
- Get a good grip
The way you hold a pen or pencil determines the control you have over it, so having a good grip is essential for controlled and neat writing. The best way to hold a pen or pencil is between your index and middle finger, with your thumb supporting it from the bottom, this technique is known as the tri-pod grip. This promotes the most comfort and control when writing.
- Pressure point
Pressing down really hard on the paper is the reason a lot of people get cramp in their hand. Writing needs smooth fluid movement, especially cursive, so relaxing your hand will make writing more comfortable and gentler on the page.
When children first learn to write they are painfully slow, but this is a really good way of making sure they get the movement and control right. When you rush, your writing will be messy because you aren’t taking enough time to complete letter shapes. The faster you write, the more mistakes you’ll make as well, so take your time.
- Line it up
Lined paper helps create letters that are the right size and proportion. This is particularly helpful in distinguishing between upper case and lower case letters. Lines also ensure you write in a straight line, so your writing looks neat and tidy on the page.
Find a pen that you like and stick with it. Writing with different pens produces different results, so try and use one that complements your writing style. Make sure the grip is comfortable, the right size for your hand, writes well on paper without friction and doesn’t smudge.
Strengthening your hand will improve your handwriting as it aids your fine motor control. Playing games like Operation is a fun way of using similar skills as those needed for writing, requiring a steady hand and picking up small pieces.
- Practice makes perfect
Practising is the only way to improve your handwriting. Children can do this by tracing over letter shapes to help them learn the movement. For adults, incorporating handwriting into everyday life will improve your technique. Write letters, shopping lists, postcards, anything to help you practice.
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