Cursing My Sloppy Cursive (and Improving My Handwriting)

“Handwriting is an imprint of the self on the page.”
– Dr. Rosemary Sassoon

At the end of last year, I was doing up my holiday cards and, yikes, my handwriting was terrible! I had no idea it had gotten so sloppy.

I “write” daily – blog posts, poetry, business-related documents, and lots & lots of emails and texts. Yet, other than the occasional note, I rarely write by hand.

When I was young and in school, things were much different. I wrote by hand for hours and hours each day. Notebooks full of stories and poems, pages of essays, and binders packed with assignments — the vast majority of them handwritten (only “final copies” were typed up and printed out to hand in). Each night, I would write well past a reasonable time, scrawling any and every thought that came into my mind onto the paper clipped to my favourite clipboard (doesn’t every teen have a favourite clipboard? No? Huh.). I remember being specific about the pens and pencils I used. Even having those little pencil grippies to make it easier to hold (my friends and I each had our favourite kind). I recall having little indents in my fingers where the pens perpetually pressed into my skin. I could even do those cool pen tricks.

But now…not so much.

And although I don’t see myself leaving behind my keyboard anytime soon, I don’t like that my handwriting has become so messy. For professional reasons, from an artist’s stance, and for personal improvement, I’ll be re-working my style and practicing it until it becomes easy and natural again. Call it a New Year’s Resolution if you want, but I definitely intend to stick with this effort.

“Poets don’t draw. They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently.”
– Jean Cocteau

Interested in improving your handwriting as well? Here are a few helpful links:

What is your handwriting like? Is it nice or not? Would you like to improve yours or do you have any tips on nice handwriting? Please leave your comments below!