Here’s the concluding part of this very praticable handwriting masterclass
Read the previous 13 Days of our 30-day journey to mastering the perfect handwriting here.
Day 14: Reconsider Your Use of Loops
This is the day when you’re really only ready to start working on your cursive proper. Let’s get to it. Loops tend to hide the shapes of letters since we usually recognize letters based on their tops.
Naturally, you’ll want to keep your use of loops to a minimum to improve your handwriting’s legibility and readability. Should you not be 100% ready to sacrifice your loops, then only keep them around in the lower parts of letters, like the descenders in “p” and “j.”
Day 15: Slant Your Cursive, but Only Slightly
Some folks overdo the degree of slant or tilt they apply to their handwriting. This is a mistake that you definitely want to avoid.
The reason you want to avoid this is because excessively slanted writing is just harder to read. While slanting more will help you write your words and sentences faster, you should definitely sacrifice speed in order to write more legibly and readably.
Day 16: Review What You’ve Learnt so Far
Congratulate yourself: You’re halfway done and 50% closer to your goal of improved handwriting!
At this point, it’s time to conduct the all-important midway review, so you can be sure that you’re still using and making the most of all of these skills you’ve picked up over the last two weeks and more. If you’re still on the right track, then kudos to you. If not, it’s never too late to review and determinedly adopt what you learned in the past 15 days.
Day 17: Avoid Ambiguity: Close the Tops of Your Letters
Handwriting that lacks clarity does no one any good. One of the worst perpetrators of ambiguity is when you fail to completely close the tops of your letters.
When this happens, some letters can quickly begin looking like letters they’re not supposed to—such as “a” and “o” ending up looking like “u.” Be meticulous when you handwrite your letters to improve clarity!
Day 18: Connect Your Letters With Straight Lines Instead of Curves
It’s tempting to lose your form and utilize curved connections between your letters instead of straight ones. When this happens, the letters’ shapes can get muddled, sometimes resulting in illegible handwriting.
Fix this efficiently by simply using straight lines to connect your letters. Straight-line connections make it easier for people to tell your letters apart properly.
Day 19: Get Rid of Tangling
In handwriting, tangles happen when your ascenders and descenders aren’t written properly. The former is the long part of a letter that rises above the bodies of lowercase letters while the latter is the part that descends below the bodies of lowercase letters.
When you make them too long, they’ll get tangled up from one line to the next, so it’s best to keep your ascender and descender length moderate.
Day 20: Be Consistent
Consistency will help you with the aesthetic appearance of your handwriting, as it creates a uniform look and feel to your penmanship.
Know that you’ll eventually develop your own, unique handwriting style, so it’s all the more important to keep it consistent, just because it’s easier for people to read. So whether your handwriting ends up being thin, very slanted, or with letters farther apart, ensure consistency in your form.
Day 21: Try Various Paper Positions
Even the positioning of your paper can be a big factor in how your handwriting turns out. How you position your paper depends on what your dominant writing hand is.
If you’re right-handed, go ahead and use a left-angled or more vertical page position, but if you’re a lefty, you’ll likely benefit from angling your paper more to the right. Whichever position improves your handwriting’s appearance and readability is the right position for your!
Day 22: Write Bigger…at First
The thing is that writing larger letters means they’re easier for you to see. Letters that jump out at you are easier to analyze: If you write bigger, it’ll be easier to spot something wrong.
When you’re first starting out, make a conscious effort to write slightly bigger letters than normal. When your form and consistency improve—and, thus, your confidence—you can go back to normal letter sizes again.
Day 23: Write Each Letter Properly
As we move through adulthood, we forget the basics that we were taught in school, like how to form each letter of the alphabet properly in handwriting. Take the lowercase “a,” for instance..
The proper way is to begin from the top of its loop as opposed to the bottom of the letter. When you write each letter properly, you improve everything from legibility to the ease of writing.
Day 24: Refrain From Applying Excessive Pressure
It’s best to keep yourself from applying too much pressure when you’re writing on paper. That’s because too much pressure creates unattractive cursive; in addition, it also makes your hand and wrist hurt!
Save yourself handwriting that’s not aesthetically pleasing and a damaged hand and wrist by writing more airy instead. This means to relax your grip on the pen or pencil in order to create more graceful penmanship on paper.
Traits to Always Practice
Day 25: Purchase a Handwriting Course Book
To keep the handwriting skills sharp that you’ve just learned, it’s important that you’re able to continually apply them. A handwriting course book should have pages after pages of daily exercises that you can try…your hand at, literally.
Day 26: Pace Yourself
When you slow down and pace yourself, your handwriting automatically improves. That’s because you’re preventing yourself from rushing through the formation of your various letters; rushing is often what can lead to errors and sloppy writing that’s hard to read.
Instead, concentrate on making your letters as aesthetic and readable as possible, but to do this, you have to slow down during handwriting. Don’t think of it as a speed contest.
Day 27: Set Aside Some Time for Constant Practice
The old saying that practice makes perfect may be a cliché of sorts, but it’s true, especially in cursive. It’s like when you’re learning to play an instrument: You have to set aside a certain amount of time each day to improve to the point where you’re skillful and great.
The same thing’s true with handwriting. Put aside approximately 15 minutes each day for practice, and you’ll get better more efficiently.
Day 28: Make Handwriting a Daily Part of Your Life
You can get in the habit of handwriting more by actually writing things by hand more in your everyday activities. For instance, instead of journaling electronically on your computer or tablet, permanently switch to a good, old notebook.
Instead of writing an email to your family and friends, write them a traditional, snail-mail letter. When you adopt these habits, they become routine, which helps improve your handwriting more naturally.
Day 29: Copy the Handwriting You Admire
Doing something as basic as copying the handwriting you admire will translate in great leaps and bounds to your handwriting success.
You see, handwriting you admire is impressive because its writer has mastered the finer points of cursive. The more you train yourself in this style, the more your own handwriting will eventually show the same, graceful attributes of the cursive that you currently admire so much.
Day 30: Perform a Handwriting Self-Audit
What’s a handwriting self-audit? It’s the perfect way to wrap up your 30 days to much better cursive. Now that you’re a handwriting master (or at least have very improved cursive), you should periodically check in with yourself to see if you’re still being faithful to each of these tips, tricks and hacks that you’ve picked up over the last month.
The only way to continue to ensure great handwriting is to abide by all these best practices.
You’ve Done It!
Congrats! You’ve passed the 30-day challenge with flying colors. At this point, handwriting should be seamless to you, almost as natural as taking a breath without having to consciously think about it. When you put pen or pencil to paper, your letters should gracefully appear on the paper with mastery and confidence.
Culled from Creative Market