How to Write Nicely


English writer and Earl of Chesterfield Philip Stanhope once said, "A man's penmanship is an unfailing index of his character." Good handwriting, like John Hancock's famous signature, can impress readers even centuries later. Neat handwriting is not easy for everyone. Like many skills, this one can be refined with practice. Improve the look of personal correspondence by using smooth writing tools and keeping a regular writing schedule.

Things You'll Need

  • Wide-ruled paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Rubber grips
  • Place several sheets of lined paper on a smooth writing surface. Stack the papers neatly and tilt them 1/4 turn to the left if you are right-handed. Turn the paper 1/4 page to the right if you are left-handed.

  • Grasp the writing utensil in your hand. Use your thumb, middle finger and forefinger to grip the tool. Don't squeeze the pen or pencil.

  • Write a test sentence like, "John had a good day" or "I'm very happy to write you." The capital letters should fill the entire space. The lowercase letters should take up half the line. Write the sentence 10 to 20 times. Do this every day until you see improvement.

  • Improve your fine motor skills by playing games that involve using manipulatives like "Pick Up Sticks" or "Jenga." This will strengthen hands.

  • Trace letters using a handwriting worksheet until you can accurately shape the letters on your own. Alternatively, trace letters from someone who has good handwriting. Do this by placing a piece of tracing paper on top of the handwriting example.

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