In case you don’t know, it’s National Handwriting Day today!


I’ve been thinking about my handwriting a lot lately… I don’t really like it. It’s fine, but it’s nothing special and I’d like to improve. I always find myself envious when I see other bloggers beautiful handwriting (especially Azizah at Gourmet Pens).

When I was younger I always admired my Texan Auntie’s handwriting, the particular way of writing the letter “I” and the loops on the tails of “g”s and “y”s. Over the years I saw other people with really similar handwriting, and they were always American. It’s only when I got older that I realised that this must be how handwriting – or cursive as it’s called there – is taught. I’m jealous, I wish I’d been taught like that!

Brad at the Pen Addict did a great post on handwriting a few weeks ago, and in particular his efforts to change the way he writes his number 4s. He talks about muscle memory and how difficult it is to change it; I want to improve my handwriting but I’m not sure I have the time or patience! With this is mind I’m booked into 2 calligraphy workshops in the next few weeks. Not that I’m going to start writing in calligraphy all the time, but I think it’ll be great to spend some time focussed on writing, and the shapes of my letters. First off, I’m checking out the Betty Etiquette Creative Calligraphy Workshop this Sunday and I’m excited! I’ll be writing about it next week so keep an eye out!

I’m also going to make more of an effort to write to people! I’ve become really lazy over the last few years and rarely make time to drop people a line, or write a thank you card. I know how much I appreciate it when I receive a handwritten letter or card so I’m going to try my best to do that for other people too.

Wish me luck!

And thanks to the folks at Inkly for the heads up about National Handwriting Day! Inkly is an app which allows you to send a handwritten card or postcard, even when you don’t have time to get the the shops/post office.