How to Improve Your Handwriting

Have you been typing at computers for so long that your handwriting has become unreadable? Follow these steps to make your handwriting beautiful again.


  • Step 1: Find a style you like Decide how you'd like your handwriting to look. Study cursive samples or look at different fonts.
  • Step 2: Create a sample sentence Write a sample sentence at the top of a sheet of paper, carefully emulating the writing style you've chosen.
  • TIP: Print the sentence in a chosen font and tape it to the top of a lined sheet of paper.
  • Step 3: Choose your writing tool Select a pen or pencil that feels good in your hand. Consider thickness, grip, and how well it glides across a page.
  • TIP: Don't grip your instrument too tightly.
  • Step 4: Practice Copy the sentence, again and again. Practice individual letters to master the details of that writing style.
  • TIP: Keep your neck, shoulders, and arms relaxed while you practice.
  • Step 5: Pick a new sentence Pick a new sentence with different letters, and practice copying that sentence.
  • Step 6: Try different pens or pencils Practice with other pens and pencils once you feel comfortable with this style.
  • Step 7: Watch your style transform Watch your handwriting transform to a style you can take pride in. You may never go back to the computer!
  • FACT: Handwriting that slants forward indicates a warm, expressive person; letters that slant backward indicate a cool, reserved personality.

You Will Need

  • Cursive samples in different fonts
  • A pen or pencil
  • Ruled paper
  • Tape (optional)

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