When was the last time you wrote something down? If you’re anything like me, then that was today. I suspect you are rather like me which is why you’re interested in this handwriting challenge designed to help you get good handwriting.
Good Handwriting Isn’t Dead
So, why should you listen to me?
Well, one of the most popular posts on this blog is all about how to improve your handwriting, the ultimate mini guide to improving your handwriting as a grown up.
In said post, I explain how I retrained my handwriting arm twice in my life. Once, because my handwriting was just awful and I really wanted to learn how to hand letter and the second time was because I had suffered a nerve damage after a seizure. So I went from not being able to grip a pen properly to being a published hand lettering artist within a year.
I’m in this book: Creative Lettering For Kids
Why You Don’t Have Good Handwriting:
It’s no surprise that more and more people are p*ssed that their handwriting looks like crap, with ever-increasing numbers of teens and adults being glued to their smart phones and tablets, people aren’t writing by hand that much anymore.
Therein lies the problem.
What to do about it:
Improve your handwriting with this challenge:
This challenge is designed to help you retrain and flex your handwriting muscles; with the aim of improving your fine motor skills. Developing these skills could lead you in a brand new direction in life; learning how to draw letters, become a schmancy calligrapher, making new friends through pen pals or starting a new business venture. The possibilities are endless.
Believe it or not, improving one’s handwriting can completely change your life. It can lead to improved memory, focus and even better sleep.* But we will get to that later.
You don’t have to be an artist or overly creative to retrain your handwriting style, get good handwriting and learn to fall in love with it!
Your handwriting reflects who you are.
It’s a little piece of you on a page. Handwriting is personal and unique. Luckily, if you want it to change, good handwriting can be taught, and it can be practised and improved upon.
Download Your Handwriting Worksheets & Extras:
If you can’t see the option to unlock the worksheets, try again on a desktop computer.
Download your handwriting guides via this Dropbox Folder
If you’re left handed, download these guides via this Dropbox Folder
Grab Your Supplies:
This challenge has been divided into seven sections so that you WILL have Neat Handwriting:
- How to build your own workbook (you are here)
- Analyse your current handwriting style.
- The basics: movement exercises, tools and fundamental skill development.
- How to develop good habits
- Looking at Print handwriting, developing your personal print font in uppercase and lowercase.
- Cursive handwriting, developing your own style!
- In review, assessing your current handwriting and can we take that further.
In this challenge, I wanted to provide you with a practical workbook to get you back to basics.
How To Follow The Series, See REAL Results & get GOOD handwriting
Work on basic shapes and how to draw letterforms that are neat and legible. After that, we will go back and evaluate your new and improved handwriting style. I want to see if you can identify any ways in which you can embrace a little flair and let your style develop even further.
Even if it means setting small, daily writing exercises to complete in your new neat handwriting where your personality shines through!
Why I Improved my Handwriting
I’ve always appreciated a beautifully written address on an envelope and even kept a few! It is a delight to receive something that it looks beautiful, and the handwriting is insanely neat.
There was a point in my life when my handwriting was illegible. The reason for which wasn’t due to laziness, it was a result of a hectic university schedule that began at around 6 am and finished at 7 pm, there were no fancy tablets for taking notes and A LOT of note taking.
The scrawl I developed didn’t just affect my sentences, but numbers too. At the end of my first
year, my handwriting became a series of bea-u-ti-ful line art. Ok, that part isn’t true. I want it to be true, but it isn’t.
Bad habits like this need to be nipped in the bud! So, included with this series is your very own habit tracker for you to print and include in your workbook! Download it and stick it in that notebook.
It wasn’t until many years later after I damaged my neck and could barely hold a pen at all never mind correctly. I realised that I had to make a change and learn all over again.
The decision was made to retrain my muscles, using the exercises included in this series. I practised basic shapes, I made my handwriting legible, and I then made a conscious effort to develop a writing style I love!
Why Improve Your Handwriting?
As I said at the beginning of the introduction, the simple act of handwriting practice, can change your life.
- Writing can help to improve your focus; you may even notice that your thoughts become clearer.
- I have discovered, when my head is so full of ideas that I’m unable to think clearly or get to sleep within a reasonable time frame; getting those thoughts on paper can lift the fog. Writing them down can help you solve problems or see which of your ideas are worth pursuing.
- Improving your handwriting can improve your memory, and if all of your genius ideas were in a series of scrawls, you could be losing out by not being able to decipher what wrote down in the first place.
- Improving your handwriting and writing things down actually makes you smarter*.
Researchers believe that the act of drawing letterforms aids in learning comprehension in children. The great news is that studies have also noted a similar boost in brain activity within adults who practice their handwriting skills. That’s good news for me.
Getting Good Handwriting Is Totally Possible but…
To really improve your handwriting, you have to commit. You must practice. Write anything at all: notes, lists, journal entries, reminders, anything at all!
Why you should improve your handwriting:
Writing notes by hand, instantly makes them more personal.
I love it when I receive handwritten letters and cards from my aunt in Canada. She’s in her 80’s and always writes the sweetest notes.
I used to love having pen-pals, so I always make sure to find my best stationery and fill the pages with all of the important family news I can remember.
The best part of the exchange is that I know how much she loves to receive my letters; she calls my granny every time to sing my praises. Adorable, non?
I always advise businesses and bloggers alike to include handwritten notes with their orders or design packs. The personalization can include feelings of familiarity and warmth. For me, practising handwriting has a huge return on investments.
How To Build Your Workbook
- Grab your copies of the free printable worksheets below and print as many as you like to put into a binder like this one. I use one of these folders (yes I have all the colours), to organise all of the printable worksheets that I print.
- Alternatively, you can purchase a grid pad or Rhodia dot pad and glue in the practice sheets. We will be using dot/grid paper later on.
- Print out the free printable habit tracker and use it to track your practice sessions.
- Take notes from the lessons.
- Use to practice the movement drills provided. I like to use old paper scraps for some movement exercises as they can end up looking quite messy. It’s ok to go over your practice drills again and again.
- You will use to assess your current handwriting.
- Use to practice basic shapes and letterforms.
- You can decorate it as you see fit.