I have never liked my handwriting. There I said it. It's true though. It isn't something that I've ever loved, I have always thought it was sloppy compared to my friends. However, this all changed a few years ago when I started school to study Graphic Design. I swore up and down I couldn't draw and my handwriting was awful. But then one day I realized, it's not. It is who I am. It is me.
You don't have to go to school to be a Graphic Designer to figure that out. You just have to start thinking differently. Your handwriting is an extension and personality of who you are. Yes, you may not think it looks pretty all or most the time, but that doesn't mean you can't make it prettier (in your own eyes).
How can I fix it?
1. Practice makes perfect. You should all know this phrase. It's true though. The more you practice your handwriting, the better you will feel about it. Personally, I write phrases, words or quotes in a sketch book. Whatever usually comes to mind. Things like: love, hello, doodle, dog, bug, home, winter wishes, eat, icecream, sweets... Well you get the picture, what pops in my head goes on paper. Oh, and don't scratch out or erase the screw ups, let them be. This is just practicing.
2. Use different mediums. What is your favorite thing to write with? Pen, marker, pencil, crayon? Work with different types of writing utensils. Find a way you like to grip it.
3. Take your time. This is not a race. When I start off practicing my writing I write slow. That is okay. You try to figure out what you like and how you like it, so take your time.
4. Find what works. Work in different ways to write a letter and find what you like best. There are many different ways to write a letter. When you find a way you like, practice that individually and as well in words.
5. Don't stop. That's right, don't stop practicing. Like I said in no. 1 -- Practice Makes Perfect. Well you may never be perfect but you will find you enjoy your handwriting much more. So keep practicing. Doodle words and letters. Carry a sketch book around with you (I often keep a small one in my purse). Whatever you do, just keep practicing.
So this week I challenge you to start practicing your handwriting and use it on a layout or your yearly document album! You will be amazed that once you embrace it, your thoughts of negativity about your hand writing will go away.
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3/18/2014 07:24:20 am
Wow!! I feel like I was the one writing this Lacey! I kept saying "yup, that's me, that's how I feel about my stupid handwriting!" I know it's not 'stupid' and you are so right, it's a part of who we are! My handwriting is a part of our family history & it should be captured! XO
3/18/2014 03:05:03 pm
Excellent post Lacey. I think it is so important to use your own handwriting. I cherish the recipe cards and letters that were handwritten by my mom and grandmother. It is such a tangible connection to the writer.
3/19/2014 12:34:10 am
I agree Lynn! I kept every handwritten letter or note my grandparents ever gave me!! And all birthday cards for their signatures :)
3/19/2014 02:54:47 am
Me as well! I still have all the cards both sets of grandparents have given me. I actually usually keep every card given to me, but lately I just keep those from my grandma, parents, & nephews.
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