1. Lilith

    A few posts ago you had written about keeping daily “morning pages” which is a habit I have attempted to keep. I have noticed that the nature of the pen make a huge difference on writing appearance: soft or springy vs firm nib, fine vs medium nib. I liked the idea of a soft fine nib, but my writing actually looks much neater with a firm and wet writer (perhaps because I am less inclined to press the pen into paper when there is no give to the nib?). Just some thoughts!

    • That’s a great point! You’re definitely right about the subconsciously (or maybe consciously) trying to use the flexibility of the nib to give a bit of line variation, which can be a bit distracting if you’re also trying to focus on the basic form of the letters that you’re writing. I may have to do a follow up to this blog post, and I’ll have to include a few thoughts on the nibs used. Thanks so much for taking the time to write 🙂

  2. I’ve always struggled with my handwriting, partly because I tend to grip hard. Nobody ever told me gripping hard makes the letters jagged but that makes so much sense. Going to practice my handwriting more .

    • Good luck with the practice! Sometimes it takes a few mental reminders to loosen up, but I also find my hand and fingers are much less tired and cramped after writing when I’m holding my pen loosely in my hand 🙂

    • I’ve heard of these, but haven’t actually seen one myself! I think I’ll have to pick one up to take a look – thanks so much for the recommendation 🙂

  3. David Addy

    Writing slowly works for me. If I carefully focus on each line and curve and each and every change in direction and each start and stop and each part of each letter I can write well enough that others can read it. It takes 2 to 3 minutes per sentence and still looks ragged.

    • Thanks for sharing your tip! Going slowly always helps my writing as well, and I’m hoping over time going slowly will teach my finger muscles the “proper” way, and I’ll be able to speed up a bit 🙂

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