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Any success stories of improving your terrible handwriting?

Asked by mirifique (1537points) February 24th, 2010

My boss recently commented (gently and humorously) that my handwriting outright sucks; I agree. It’s always sucked. I do think it’s kind of embarrassingly bad and it might actually be good to improve it. I wish I could include a sample here. My thinking is it would be impossible to improve it without going back to 1st grade which would be awkward. Any success stories of people who have permanently changed their handwriting, besides just sort of “trying harder”?

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MissAnthrope's avatar

I had terrible handwriting when I was younger. I’m pretty sure I failed handwriting in 3rd or 4th grade. Not what you want to hear, but I worked hard at making it nice, which then developed into making it into my own style and aesthetically-pleasing.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

If doctors are hopeless, what chance do the rest of us have?
My handwriting is good.

DarkScribe's avatar

Mine is much better when I use either a pencil or a good quality fountain pen with a soft gold nib. I cannot consistently write legibly with a ball point pen.

Jharty89's avatar

My handwriting sucks!! But thankfully none of my teachers accept handwritten papers anymore :] phew!

VohuManah's avatar

Nothing like the old platitude practice makes perfect. My dominant handwriting was good, but it took me awhile to get my non-dominant hand up to the same quality, if only for the gloating that comes with being ambidextrous. I simply wrote “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” and other lines very slowly until it looked acceptable. From there, the more lines I wrote allowed me to increase my speed while still keeping the same caliber of penmanship as the slow lines.

Grisaille's avatar

I used to have godawful handwriting. In fact, I forgot how to write cursive because I would avoid it at all costs.

So, I picked up the pen and started developing my own “style” of handwriting. I couldn’t care less about uniqueness, it was about writing letters in a way that somehow worked in concert with however it is my brain works. It ended up being a weird, all-capital… thing. But it works and is legible.

Dilettante's avatar

A wonderful elementary school teacher lovingly told me that my grades would suffer if I continued to use “cursive” handwriting. She convinced me to learn block letter writing…a little slower, but it really paid off, not only during my school years, but throughout my life…I don’t even think I could write cursive now.
Consider switching to block printing.

Berserker's avatar

Try to “draw” your handwriting. That’s what I do, and it works good.
Of course unless you draw as a hobby, or are totally Goth, it might not work haha.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

My cursive is lousy so in Jr High I decided to perfect printing in block letters and ever since, people have complimented me on my writing and my paperwork is much appreciated on the job.

davidbetterman's avatar

Slow down and concentrate and it becomes clearer.

partyparty's avatar

When I was at school I HAD to write with a right-hand facing slope.

I found it extremely difficult as I am left-handed.

I now write with a left-handed slope which has not only improved the look my handwriting, but it is much easier for me to write.

fireinthepriory's avatar

Go slowly and if there are letters that you consistently malform, try changing them, one letter at a time, to a form that is more clear. If it has to be all-caps, that’s fine! That can look pretty cool. I found that when I made my Ys and Gs more loopy my handwriting looked a lot more legible. Now I do it naturally, without thinking at all – but for a while you’ll just have to write slowly and concentrate on legibility. After you get it looking like you want, concentrate on speeding up.

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