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    20 Extremely Easy Ways To Get Better Handwriting

    The keys to handwriting greatness every lefty and righty needs.


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    1. Grab Spencerian Penmanship, a 19th-century book still used to help improve the handwriting of older students and adults.

    The book includes five copybooks for perfecting your new writing techniques.

    Promising Review: “I didn't think I would need to do all the book work. But having done all of these, now I know why muscle memory is crucial. I learned Spencerian within three months while serving in Afghanistan. Now my wife has me writing our Christmas cards using this new skill. I'm very happy and proud!” —David H Park

    Get it from Amazon for $23.16.

    2. Find a pen that fits your hand like a glove and protect it with your LIFE.

    The perfect pen or pencil is necessary to make sure your hand feels comfortable and properly supported while writing.

    Promising Review: "These pens are so good they disappeared at work almost as soon as I brought them in! I will have to order more soon. They are smooth-gliding, have good ink color, and are comfortable in the hand." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 20-pack of Caliart Comfort Grip pens from Amazon for $12.99.

    To kick off your search for your dream writing tool, check out our list of popular pens here. And for additional pen options, read our roundup of next-level pens here.

    3. Pinpoint which grip works best for you, protecting your hand from becoming fatigued while you are writing.

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    The wrong grip will eventually leave your joints strained and your hand tired, which can seriously affect the quality of your writing.

    Watch a pencil and paper position tutorial for right-handers by New American Cursive here, and a pencil and paper position tutorial for left-handers here.

    4. Use lined notebooks, notepads, and sticky notes to provide yourself a guide for your writing.

    Moleskine, Post-it, and Knock Knock all have a large range of lined notebooks, writing pads, and sticky notes made with quality paper. 

    Get the Moleskine classic notebook from Amazon for $13.94 (available in diary and notebook styles).

    5. Always practice good posture while writing, even if you have to purchase a seat pad to help correct your poor sitting habits.

    Proper posture will allow you to maximize the use of your arm, which plays a key role in shaping letters as you write them. Good posture also helps you avoid causing added strain to your muscles and joints while writing.

    Promising Review: “I love this seat. It helps my back and hips. I use this for my desk chair and can feel the difference in my posture.” —Jeanne Martinez

    Get it from Amazon for $34.97.

    6. Slow down while writing. This will allow you to steady your hand and better focus on strengthening your penmanship.

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    7. Pick up some gel pens with fast-drying ink to prevent messy smudging on pages. This will be especially helpful for left-handers writing in notebooks with bindings for right-handers.

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    Promising Review: “These are the only pens I really like for work. I'm a nurse at a nursing home that still uses paper charting. That means I write a lot of chart notes. I've tried several different pens and decided the G2 0.5mL black ink pens work the best. I can't stand the scratching noise that some pens make when writing with them; these don't do that. The ink dries pretty quickly and looks smooth and even.” —The Nurse, the Mom, the Legend

    Get a 12-pack of Pilot gel pens for $11.87 (available in seven colors and four point sizes).

    8. Lefties can buy a Maped Visio pen to lessen the uncomfortable angles and smearing often experienced while using pens designed for righties.

    The pen also features a hooked neck so you can better see what you are writing.

    Promising Review: “These pens act as a great aid for lefties when writing. Whether using them to make grocery lists or taking phone messages and other written tasks, they help guide my left hand smoothly across a page. An ice skating accident caused an injury to my right wrist, inevitably forcing me to switch handedness once again. These pens are easy to maneuver and a great product for lefties.” —Avi

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $7.49.

    Watch a review of the pens by Lefty’s the Left Hand Store here.

    9. Try placing your paper at different angles to see if you prefer writing at an angle other than the traditional vertical one.

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    Though we are typically taught to place our paper vertically, you may find that a new angle will prove a better fit for your writing style.

    10. Flip through Write Now, a book that provides a detailed program for making your handwriting more legible and visually appealing.

    Promising Review: “I bought the original edition and used it in 1994, and it completely changed my life. My handwriting was illegible, and I was embarrassed to send thank-you notes and write letters (l know, before email was invented). I thought changing my handwriting was something that was impossible, until this book. I took the task seriously, as I really wanted results. I would sit in front of the television every night, listen to the programs, and just practice my letters. At the end of four months, my handwriting was transformed. I encourage you to give it a try. It is simple, but not easy. It takes diligent practice. But, to this day, now 20 years later, when I need to calm down or focus, I practice my handwriting.” —BB

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    11. Check online communities for tips from your fellow writers looking to take their own penmanship to the next level.

    The handwriting subreddit is a great resource for tips, tricks, and advice. KidZone also has some great worksheets and guides for kids and adults specifically looking to improve their cursive writing.

    Tiny Ray of Sunshine, Decade Thirty, and the #RockYourHandwriting Facebook Group are additional online resources to assist you in your handwriting goals.

    12. Snag a pack of handwriting worksheets so you can really get serious about practicing and improving your writing.

    This paper is definitely a throwback to elementary school. But these handwriting worksheets are the perfect tool for giving you tons of space to practice your penmanship. You can even create a game out of your handwriting goals, occasionally taping them to items in your home and then writing out the name of the item they are attached to.

    Promising Review: “This is nice, double-sided writing paper. It’s not too flimsy, like some lined writing paper I've bought before. And my daughter can erase without tearing holes in it.” —Tara Cruz

    Get a 500-sheet pack from Amazon for $9.89.

    13. Start a journal, which will give you built-in writing practice each day.

    You can even use your journal to document your quest to make your handwriting better.

    Promising Review: “This is one of the prettiest blank journals I've ever seen! It has a very Stevie Nicks feel to it. I'm a Stevie Nicks fan, so I really like these kinds of designs. I'm a writer of song lyrics, as well. I bought this to write my own song lyrics in. I'm sure this journal will hold many of my future songs. It is really awesome quality!” —Possum

    Get the Peter Pauper Press journal from Amazon for $10.65.

    14. Easily remove mistakes from paper with a sturdy Pentel Ain eraser, which works with light pressure and doesn’t leave any gross eraser markings or dust.

    Promising Review: “This erases very well with minimal debris. In my opinion, it is the best eraser on the market.” —Spaceman Spiff

    Get it from Amazon for $2.34.

    Watch how the Pentel Ain eraser stacks up to other eraser brands in a Gils Review For You video here.

    15. Add Improve Your Handwriting to your toolkit, a book to assist you in defining your unique writing style.

    Promising Review: “This book helped me to develop a handwriting with joined letters. It is brief and on point. I’m glad I bought it and worked it through.” —Thomas Alexander

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available on Kindle and paperback).

    16. Switch over to a wire notebook with spirals on its right side, designed to help lefties avoid breaking their flow while writing.

    Promising Review: “It's neat having a notebook I can write in without having to contend with the metal coil under my arm. Of course, you could just take a regular notebook and turn it upside down. But this one is properly marked as a lefty notebook. Let one of your right-handed friends try to write in it. Then they will see just what you've had to contend with! It makes for a nice gift for a lefty you love.” —Susan S

    Get it from Amazon for $6.89.

    17. If you already have good handwriting you simply want to make more amazing, invest in a quality Sheaffer calligraphy kit for some new handwriting inspiration.

    Sheaffer Pen & Art Supply Co. has been crafting high-quality pens since 1913, with the brand being a go-to among writing enthusiasts. This kit comes with three calligraphy pens, three nibs, 20 assorted ink cartridges, and a calligraphy instruction booklet.

    Promising Review: “I love this calligraphy set. It's easy to use right out of the box. It's not as messy as a dip pen. And, so far, I have been pleased with the results. It provides clean, crisp lettering and many choices of ink colors and nibs. There is also a helpful introduction to calligraphy book in the set, which is very useful.” —K.S.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.50.

    18. And once your set arrives, be sure to check out some calligraphy videos.

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    Amanda Rach Lee has an awesome intro to calligraphy and hand-lettering video on YouTube here. And Seb Lester’s YouTube account is full of gorgeous handwriting and calligraphy inspiration, as well.

    19. Remember you have to practice and practice some more if you are serious about making big changes to your writing.

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    You won’t make any handwriting breakthroughs overnight. But stay committed to identifying and correcting the factors that are affecting your penmanship, and you'll eventually get your handwriting where you want it to be.

    20. However, if your handwriting still looks the same after your most dedicated efforts, just say EFF it and own your AWESOME chicken scratch.

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    Trust us, your mom will totally get over it. 

    So go ahead and WRITE ON.

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.