Tips on how adults can improve their handwriting
It is never too late to develop good handwriting skills.
Today's adults pay little attention to their handwriting since
there a few instances that require one to hand write. Once in a
while, however, circumstances require a handwritten note and
only then do people realize that they have problems with
writing. It is then time to find tips on how adults can improve
Good handwriting skills are learnt in childhood by
developing eye to hand coordination, good posture, good hand
positioning, and fine motor skills. Handwriting then becomes an
action that requires little or no thought. If bad habits are
fostered in childhood, they become engrained and hard to break
in adulthood. Improving handwriting skills as an adult means
increasing the legibility of writing, increasing writing
fluency and speed, developing ergonomic writing and finally
learning how to grasp the pen properly.
Practice makes perfect
One of the simplest ways to break bad handwriting habits is
to repetitively practice writing with good writing habits. This
requires purchasing handwriting books, or taking a handwriting
course. Some adults are unwilling to make that required
commitment; it makes sense to find tips that can improve
writing skills while going about daily writing schedule.
The physical aspect of holding the pen wrong can lead to
Holding the pen in a "death grip" can influence the way
handwriting looks. People who hold their pen tightly tend to
have writing that is small and printed. This writing style is
choppy, inefficient and can be time consuming. Consider
adapting the cursive writing style that is smoother and
requires fewer hand movements to write. The death grip writing
posture can lead to stress in the wrist. Another way to prevent
wrist injury is not to write while laying the wrist on the
table. This action causes the writer to stretch their wrist and
to overuse their fingers, which affects the handwriting.
Relaxing the wrist and forearm, and use them to control the
pens motion for more fluent writing.
Choosing the right writing tools
The right tool can influence the fluency of the handwriting.
Ink pens and ballpoint pens all have different ink flows. A
fountain pen, a fine line marker and roller ballpoint pens have
ink that flows smoothly and they do not require pressure for
the ink to flow. A pen should feel comfortable in the hand; it
should be the right size. Grippers or writing tubing can be
added to small pens to increase their size. Pen grips and
finger dots also help reduce the force used to hold onto to the
Position paper for easy writing
Keep the writing paper close and within reach to avoid any
awkward maneuvering of the wrists and elbow to write. A writing
platform can improve accessibility to writing materials and can
keeping the wrist off the writing surface. A writing platform
forces the writer into an upright position.
Special handwriting tips for left hand writers
By holding the writing device further up, smearing can be
avoided. This also allows the writer to better see what is
being written. Keeping the wrist straight and not curved or
hooked can prevent any potential physical problems to the
wrist. Keep the writing hand below the writing line.
Sandy Naidu runs the website
Worksheets. On this
site she sells uppercase and lowercase handwriting
handwriting sheets also have a lot of exercises that can
improve your or your child's handwriting skills.