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Is it possible for an adult to improve their handwriting?

My handwriting has always been terrible and has long been a source of embarrassment for me and I'd like to change that.

I'm right-handed, but write the way a lefty does and am incapable of holding a pen the way a right handed person should. Should I bother trying to correct that or is it too late?

by Anonymousreply 10December 30, 2021 10:47 AM

Find a mean old nun to beat some good penmanship into you.

by Anonymousreply 1December 30, 2021 6:04 AM

Yes. After I read barely legible handwritten notes from predecessors, I made a point of leaving legible notes for my successors. My handwriting wasn't awful before, I just took greater pains with it.

by Anonymousreply 2December 30, 2021 6:07 AM

When you finish writing a word swing the last letter of the word upward. My handwriting sloped downward until I started doing this. Good luck. Also, try writing anything for five minutes a day. It doesn't matter what, but take your time to make sure it's legible. Set the same time of day, set a timer for five minutes. Google a subject you like and copy it down. Keep it legible.

by Anonymousreply 3December 30, 2021 6:10 AM

Yes, you can change. I changed the way I held my pen. I had been holding it wrong all my life. I also had to take a bunch of essay exams and wanted to get the highest scores possible, so I made it a point to write more legibly.

by Anonymousreply 4December 30, 2021 6:11 AM

Why bother?

by Anonymousreply 5December 30, 2021 6:15 AM

Poor handwriting is an unmistakable sign of low intelligence, sloth, penury, and untrustworthy-ness.

by Anonymousreply 6December 30, 2021 7:11 AM

It's not really a solution, but I find a straight edge guide (ruler, cardboard, a piece of mail, etc.) is a good temporary fix.

by Anonymousreply 7December 30, 2021 7:14 AM

Sorry, Madison, there’s no hope for you.

by Anonymousreply 8December 30, 2021 7:17 AM

Do not use a Ballpoint pen.

by Anonymousreply 9December 30, 2021 9:58 AM

I was able to improve my handwriting in my 20s, after dealing with a series of crazy teachers who were screaming at me every time my loops on lowercase letters "weren't big enough" or whatever. I suspect most DLers are old enough to have had teachers who went psychokiller on kids whose handwriting and cursive wasn't nice enough.

After being out of school for a few years I realized I didn't have anxiety about my writing anymore, but I did want a more stylish and legible style, so I worked on it. My handwriting isn't great by any means, but it's vastly improved. For me, all I needed to do was concentrate on making it look nice any time I was already writing something anyway, and after a few years there was natural improvement.

by Anonymousreply 10December 30, 2021 10:47 AM
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