Thursday, February 13, 2014

Perfect your Penmanship

I write a lot of notes: thank you cards, birthday cards, Valentines, the occasional postcard or greeting, etc. Although my handwriting is clear and neat, there's something so beautiful about cursive penmanship.

 I rarely write in cursive (aside from my signature), but it's something that I'll be practicing this year. With computers, tablets, and smartphones at our fingertips, it's easy to rely on our typing skills, but a well-written letter (snail mail-style) just screams sophistication. If you're ready to brush up on your penmanship, follow these three simple tips:
  1. Write a paragraph or a note in cursive and step back. Evaluate where you stand. Is there a particular letter that has you befuddled? A sequence that trips you up? That's where you'll need to spend your time practicing. 
  2. Purchase or print out a sample of cursive letters. Remember: we all started here. Don't you recall those print outs that we practiced with in 4th grade? Use them again!
  3. Once you're comfortable with the letters, try writing some sentences. If this is where you struggled in your writing sample (step 1), then spend some extra time here making it perfect. 
Once you've got the basics down, don't stop practicing! Use cursive when you write out your grocery list, send a postcard to a friend, or forgo your computer during your next meeting and jot down meeting minutes the old-fashioned way. 

Want to get really fancy and try your hand at calligraphy? Joelle at Something Charming gives a quick tutorial on how to turn your handwriting into an work of art. Click here for instructions. 

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