In this day and age, many of us don’t write enough by hand, and our penmanship is paying the price!
With Thanksgiving on the way, the experts at Worcester Envelope Company have been blogging a lot about thank you notes. If you’ve read any of our previous blogs about thank you notes, then you know that, whether you are sending personal or professional thank you notes, they should always be handwritten. We’ve touched on this point in many of our blogs because that personal touch is what really makes thank you notes so special. However, since most correspondences are done nowadays via texts, chats, social media posts and emails, many of us don’t write enough, and because of that, our penmanship has started to suffer. Don’t let poor penmanship keep you from sending out thank you notes! Instead, keep reading to learn expert tips for improving your handwriting:
#1. Make sure you choose the right weapon.
When it comes to the battle for good handwriting, your writing utensil is the best weapon you’ve got, and you should choose it wisely. You don’t necessarily need anything fancy, like a feather quill or a fountain pen, you just need something that feels comfortable to you and will flow smoothly. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to write legibly with a pen that keeps dying on you!
#2. Give your hands a good stretch first.
Handwriting is like any other skill, the muscles you use for writing can become tight if you don’t use them often enough. Loosening up your hands, wrists and even shoulders and forearms can go a long way to making your writing more comfortable and more legible.
#3. Sit up straight.
Good posture is essential for many things, and longhand writing is no exception. When you sit up straight, it not only gives you a better writing angle, it also gives you confidence! This will come across in more legible, intentional writing. So, instead of hunching over on your desk or reclining in your chair when you write, try sitting in a straight-backed chair.
#4. Don’t use your fingers to write.
The vast majority of people write using their fingers, which actually means that they are drawing out each letter. However, true handwriting gurus, such as calligraphy artists, don’t actually use their fingers when they write. Instead, they use their arms and wrists. A fair warning: writing like this is going to be awkward at first, and you are probably going to need a lot of practice. However, once you master the skill of writing this way, it will make your penmanship much more fluid because you are actually pulling the pen across the paper instead of pushing it around.
#5. Take it slow.
Nothing kills nice handwriting like trying to write fast does. Writing by hand isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. If you try to write too quickly, you won’t be doing yourself any favors. Instead, take your time and don’t rush it. Concentrate on every single letter. After all, the point of improving your penmanship is not to write as quickly as you can, but to write as nicely as you can.
#6. Master your grip.
Holding a pen is holding a pen, right? Believe it or not, there is actually a right way to hold a pen and a wrong way to hold a pen! The common saying, “the pen is mightier than the sword,” may be true, but that doesn’t mean that you need to grip your pen like you would grip a sword! When you hold your pen, your grip should be supportive but light. Essentially, you should have a tight enough grip to get the support you need without adding extra tension to your hand. There is absolutely no reason to squeeze your pen too tightly, after all, the ink will come out on its own regardless of how tight you are holding your pen. Other than mastering your grip, there’s really no specific way that you should be holding your pen. As long as you are comfortable and you’ve got a good grip, you should be good to go.
#7. Practice, practice, practice!
Practice makes perfect! Writing is like anything else, the more you practice it, the better you’ll get at it, and one of the reasons why penmanship has gotten so shoddy in this day and age is because people just don’t write by hand very often. Make writing by hand a priority in your life and practice as much as possible. Whether you practice by sending letters to your friends and family or by taking notes by hand instead of on your computer, we are confident that your writing skills will improve.
Good penmanship is helpful in many situations, but when it comes to writing thank you notes, it’s essential. Now that you know how to improve your handwriting skills, order your own envelopes with us today so that you can practice those skills!