Like a chicken paw: how to improve your handwriting in a short time and why you need it

Useful tips

Do you have terrible handwriting? Moreover, it is so terrible that without special examination

Can’t make out what you wrote at all?

“So it’s not my problem!”

many of those
who write like a chicken with its paw can answer this

In this case, this article is not for them, but for those who are concerned about the fact

that no one can decipher their letter. And for the latter, we have great news.

Even if you have forgotten how to write legibly, or your handwriting has never been legible, there are a number of measures

, allowing you to obtain completely readable handwriting in a relatively short time.

Write with a pen that is comfortable for you

And here, to each his own. Finding that very pen that you can work with will be oh so difficult! For myself, I chose the Pilot G2 05 because of the wide strokes, body and nice dark black ink color. I also like how easy it is to write - you don't have to strain your hand to make a clear stroke.

What is the difference between ballpoint, gel and rollerball pens?

Now the choice of pens is truly huge, so I advise you to go shopping. Grab a couple here, a couple there and try them out! And it doesn’t matter which pens you prefer: gel pens, fountain pens, fountain pens... The one with which you feel a connection will be ideal.

Body position and inappropriate desk

Poor handwriting is often caused by poor posture, unnatural pen angle or notebook placement. In order to write quickly and clearly, you need to follow these rules . You need to sit straight so that your torso, shoulders and head are in a level position. Your back rests on the back of the chair, your feet are on the floor. Under no circumstances should your chest touch the table; your elbows should go beyond its edge.

Children often sit in the wrong way, copying their neighbor at the desk. They easily forget what their parents told them at home. To accustom your baby to the correct position, you need to spend some time on this and explain that the body quickly gets used to the correct position. The child must understand that discomfort will be felt only at first, and then addiction will set in, after which he will no longer have to make any efforts and control himself.

School desks are made to an accepted standard, so they cannot be incorrect. In accordance with the standards, the tabletop should be located slightly below the solar plexus and have a slight angle. The desk itself has a durable and stable design. If parents doubt its quality, they can attend a lesson and make sure that everything is fine, or transplant the baby to where it will be better for him. Children have different heights, so the teacher selects the most suitable place for each child. Well, at home you need to properly organize the student’s workplace.

Hold the handle freely, without tension

A gentle, light grip is the basis of good handwriting. An easy grip is obtained when the arm muscles are not overstrained and the nails do not begin to turn white from strong pressure.

Many people squeeze the pen so tightly that their hand begins to ache within the first minutes of writing. We often do this involuntarily, so make it a habit to mentally check every few minutes to make sure you are holding your pen freely.

Learning the key tricks

During practice sessions aimed at improving handwriting, use the following tricks. Perhaps they will speed up the learning process.

  • Take the writing tool higher. According to statistics, poor handwriting is most often found in those who hold the pen almost by the tip, a few millimeters from the paper. If you hold the writing tool higher, like an artist holds a brush, then in addition to the wrist, you are using the whole hand. The more muscles are involved in the writing process, the more readable and beautiful the handwriting will be.
  • Lengthen the tops and bottoms of the letters. If you make a long “tail” for such letters as “r”, “u”, “d”, “z” or lengthen the “crest” in the letters “v” and “b”, you will literally immediately find that the handwriting began to look more stylish, elegant and beautiful. This will also help to cope with the problem of lines running up or down.
  • Maintain a balance of speed and beauty. If you write very slowly, taking half an hour to print each letter, you will most likely only produce ugly characters. By increasing your speed and maintaining accuracy, you will achieve positive results faster.

As your handwriting begins to really improve, you can add some of your own flair to your writing style. For example, rounding the bottom of a lowercase letter “p” or making the top of a lowercase letter “c” aesthetically pleasing, and so on.

Start with a warm-up

No matter how you choose to write - cursive or block font, you will find it difficult to produce neat letters without warming up. Start with a couple of curls and after this warm-up, neat and confident letters will begin to emerge from under your hand. A field of spirals made from copybooks is perfect for this exercise.

Or you can just make a couple of curls “out of boredom” in something like this shape.

Correcting errors

Watch for stylized handwriting. Don’t allow yourself to relax, especially at first, and make such common mistakes as:

  • letters of different heights;
  • symbols with and without slant in one sentence;
  • different spacing between characters.

The most common mistake that most people make is writing the same letter in the same word/sentence/text in different styles (for example, printed and capital). Having corrected all the listed errors, you will learn to write beautifully, clearly and accurately.

Don't be afraid to twist the paper

Since childhood, we have been taught to hold a piece of paper strictly and evenly in front of us. If that's convenient for you, great! And if you still don’t, feel free to twist the sheet. It really depends on what angle you put it at!

Most right-handers are fine with the normal vertical paper position... but not me. I find it much easier to write in cursive—my primary style—when the paper is rotated 90 degrees. And this is not a joke: the video below is proof of this!

The comfortable position of the sheet is different for everyone, so feel free to try different angles. For right-handers, I advise you to first lay the sheet vertically and turn it to the left until writing becomes easy and comfortable. For left-handers, I also suggest starting from a vertical position, but turning the sheet to the right.

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Do the exercises according to the instructions

If you want to consistently work on your handwriting, I have prepared copybooks for you! These are three sheets of exercises mainly for cursive, and you can download them from this link. With their help, you can practice writing curls, capital and lowercase letters, as well as words and whole sentences.

The italics presented in the copybooks are not strictly machine-written. On the contrary, I focus on the style of letters and words that I use every day. These characters are easy to write and flow smoothly into one another when written.

A little history

Today, writing is taught in schools at the age of 6-7 years. But in the 17th century, calligraphy was taught even before children began to master reading. The students mechanically copied first letters, then syllables, words, and then even sentences. However, despite the fact that the exercises took more than one month, their effectiveness was minimal. Over time, new techniques for improving handwriting appeared. The result was noticeable when the letter became special. That is, soon learning to write was combined with learning to read. How to correct handwriting for an adult? Exercises, exercises and more exercises.

Practice every chance you get

Handwriting, like almost everything in life, needs to be improved through constant practice. The more good writing habits and styles you enjoy, the better your handwriting will become.

You can practice in different ways: for example, write someone not an email or a message, but a letter by hand. If you have the time and desire, start keeping a diary. You don't have to make long notes - just a couple of notes about how your day went is enough!

Making time for practice

Naturally, until you have mastered a new writing method perfectly, it can be difficult to practice it directly during class, especially if the teacher dictates the material very quickly. But what you definitely have and can do is practice while doing homework or copying notes at home. Also, don’t miss a moment to practice:

  • when making a shopping or to-do list for every day;
  • while recording important events in a diary;
  • when filling out various forms, questionnaires and listing wishes on a greeting card.

Regular exercises can give good results, and the letter will harmoniously fit into your usual handwriting.

Write on lined paper or lined paper

Beautiful and even words are the shortest way to neat handwriting! When writing a letter, place a piece of paper from your notebook under the white sheet of paper. It will probably show through, and you can use the lines of the paper as guides so that all the lines of the letter are even. And if you don’t mind lined sheets, write directly on them.

In addition to this point, I will say: always use a backing. No matter which sheet you choose to write on, there should always be another one underneath it. For some reason, any pen begins to write better on the slightly softer surface of two sheets of paper.

How long will it take?

If you have decided to take such a brave step as developing your own handwriting, then there is no way to do it without regular work and a certain system. To write beautifully, you need to devote at least 30 minutes a day to this activity. If you study once a week, even for an hour, you won’t be able to develop a skill. And keep in mind that these must be special classes, according to the rules. Recording a lecture at a university or taking notes from a meeting at work does not count. You will have to work hard to improve your handwriting, devoting a sufficient amount of time to it. If self-study is not your thing, you can take a calligraphy course.

Choose your own writing style

Handwriting is changeable, individual and constantly evolving. Unlike calligraphy, where you will always write about the same, here you will have days of good handwriting and days of not so good handwriting (as in the notes below).

No matter what your handwriting looks like, it is a wonderful reflection of your personality. This is why people love receiving something handwritten because the lines remind them of you. So don't try to make drastic changes, it's better to concentrate on creating clear and beautiful letters that are easy to read.

I hope you enjoyed the post and that it inspires you to put down your keyboard and write something by hand!

Thank you so much for reading us, have a nice day!

This article is a translation, the original is here -

Test “How to determine a person’s character by handwriting”

Analyze the handwriting and add up the number of points you will assign to the manuscript.
Letter size

  • very small – 3;
  • small – 7;
  • average – 11;
  • large – 20


  • tilt to the left – 2;
  • slight tilt to the left – 5;
  • tilt to the right – 14;
  • strong tilt to the right – 6;
  • straight slope – 10

Letter shape

  • rounded – 9;
  • sharp, angular – 19;
  • shapeless – 10

Text direction

  • lines go up – 16;
  • lines creep down – 1;
  • straight, even text – 12


  • light – 8;
  • average – 15;
  • strong – 21


  • connected letters – 11;
  • letters isolated from each other – 18;
  • mixed style (fluent handwriting) – 15

General form

  • neat handwriting - 13;
  • illegible, careless handwriting – 4;
  • uneven handwriting, some words are difficult to read – 9.


38-51 points. A person in poor health, possibly of advanced age. This type of handwriting is observed in those over 80 years old.

52-63 points. An insecure person, timid, succumbing to difficulties, phlegmatic by temperament type

64-75 points. Refined, soft, slightly naive, vulnerable personality with self-esteem. She lacks determination and strength of character

76-87 points. A good family man, a loyal and devoted friend. Sincere, straightforward, open to communication, sociable

88-98 points. An honest and respectable person with a stable psyche and high intellectual abilities. Characterized by determination and purposefulness

99-100 points. Such people are independent of the opinions of others, they always do as they want, they are bright individualists. They can be quick-tempered, have quick reactions and the ability to grab everything on the fly.

Features of the central nervous system

There are diseases when difficulties with writing remain for life. For example, in the case of dyslexia, when mastering the required skills is significantly difficult.

Thus, to help a child improve handwriting, you must first understand the reason. Calligraphy may be impaired due to certain features of the nervous system. In such cases, it is advisable not to force the child to rewrite the text several times, but to show it to a medical specialist who will give valuable recommendations and help solve the problem.

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