How to make your handwriting legible and beautiful

How to make your handwriting legible and beautiful

Handwriting is supposed to be quick, intuitive, and not need too much mental focus. Yet so many people say they have bad or ugly handwriting. I wonder why that is?  

If you hate your handwriting, do you hate it enough that you want to make it better? Because it will take a little effort on your part to improve. To bring more structure in and make letters look more even, try this:

  1. Decide you want your handwriting to look different.

    1. If you have a specific motivation like a handwritten thank you note or love letter, that’s great. It helps to have a specific goal or “why” in mind, but if you want to write better/nicer/more often, that’s a great start.

  2. Make time to look at your handwriting as-is and take note of the details (size, angle, shape, see below) of what you like and dislike.

  3. Start where you are and decide where you want to go. Your current position will inform how to get to where you want to be.

  4. Give yourself permission to step back into learning mode.

  5. You’re learning a new skill, and your ego might rebel or throw some “this is for babies” your way. That’s ok, have fun with it, and remember your “why”!

  6. Make time to practice.

  7. To write more evenly and with structure, you will need to retrain your muscle memory and engage in focused practice using guidelines and slowing down to write with intention. The more you write, the better you will get regardless. And faster, definitely.

To learn more, check out my class on Skillshare: “Improve Your Handwriting: Strategies for Better Form, Legibility, and Speed”. If you’re not a Skillshare member yet, this link will give you two months free premium access too over 17,000+ classes.

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