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Bad Handwriting

Discover 6 Myths that lead to bad handwriting habits
and learn how to replace bad habits with good ones!

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Your handwriting is always bad when you write quickly. That's because you focus on what you write, not how you write! When you rush, your letters can jump, crumple and tilt.

This isn't too much of a problem as long as you can read your writing. But what if someone else has to read your bad handwriting? Can you turn bad handwriting into good handwriting when necessary?

The quick brown fox

You can't always text or email! 

There are still many occasions when neat handwriting is required. So, if you can't get your letters under control and produce handwriting you're happy with, it can lead to frustration and embarrassment. Don't be discouraged, however.

It's not your fault your handwriting is bad. The way you were taught leads to bad handwriting habits that keep you from improving. Luckily, the story doesn't have to end there. There is a way to quickly replace bad handwriting habits with good ones. However ...

Since most people still believe as many as 6 of the myths that cause bad handwriting ...

And because most handwriting help cannot eliminate those bad habits, it's important to become aware of the myths and the damage they do. Since children are still picking up bad handwriting habits due to the myths, it's even more crucial that we lay them to rest. 

If you want to improve your handwriting or help someone else improve, you'll want to reconsider what and how you learned and how handwriting is still being taught. Then, you'll be prepared to use the new methods that can eliminate mistakes of the past and get handwriting on track.

First we'll look at the myths ...
Then I'll show you how to turn bad handwriting into good handwriting.

(A brand new way to learn can repair handwriting in just 1 hour!)

Which of the following myths caused your bad handwriting?

MYTH #1 - Upper case letters should be learned before lower case letters.

Lowercase letters are far more common. Yet young learners are typically introduced to uppercase (capital) letters first. This can lead to problems such as the reversal of letters 'b' and 'd' and the substitution of uppercase for lowercase forms. Instead of focusing on the spelling of new words, young learners are distracted by letter shapes as they make the necessary transition from using uppercase to lowercase letters. 

When struggling with handwriting, some people even stick to uppercase letters. However, this can have a negative impact on all the language skills. Since uppercase letters are less common than lowercase letters, they are more challenging to recognize, read and write.

There is another unfortunate impact on learning ...

Writing words and ideas out by hand is an essential memory technique. However, when upper case letters are used instead of lower case letters, the effectiveness of this memory technique is reduced. 

Lowercase letters should always be the dominant letter form when children are learning to write. However, until Myth #1 is laid to rest, be aware that lowercase letter forms can be introduced in a couple of unique ways that reverse the formation of bad habits. 

MYTH #2 - Handwritten letters should fill the space between lines.

When you were learning to write, were you taught that your letters should reach all the way from the bottom line to the top line? Most of us were instructed to fill the space, and most learners still are. But what happens when a tall letter interferes with the tail of a letter on the line above? You end up with overlap, which creates a mess, right?

What if, instead, you'd been taught to leave a space so the tips of letters on the bottom line didn't interfere with the tails of letters from the lines above? 

The use of specially lined paper, for a brief period of time, can make it dead simple to adjust letter height.

MYTH #3 - Circles and curves in letters should begin at the top.

Do you remember drawing a series of lines and circles to practice before writing individual letters? When you drew those circles, did you start them at the top? You probably did, and that's a shame. This one habit, the practice of beginning circles at the top, is perhaps the one most responsible for bad handwriting. 

Unfortunately, this method is still being used, and learners are told to practice, practice, practice, thus cementing the wrong way to learn. Actually, very few lowercase letters should start at the top. Only letters that begin with lines should begin there. So all that practice, rather than helping, may have blocked you from progressing! But don't worry; a simple trick can make it easy to change bad handwriting habits and overcome the harm done by Myth #3.

MYTH #4 - Cursive or script writing should be taught to young learners.

Did you learn a form of script or cursive writing like Robertson or Spencerian? Remember what I said above about how difficult it is for learners to switch from writing uppercase to lowercase letters? When you're taught script too early, taking on a new writing style before you've perfected the old one, it's like learning a foreign language before you've mastered your native tongue. You can end up not learning either one very well. 

The cursive writing forms, most of us learned, were quite different from the printed letterforms. So you had to learn 2 different upper case forms and 2 different lower case forms (and often you learned them in the wrong order). There is just no need to make handwriting so complicated! Linking letters is a good idea to speed up handwriting, but there is no need for letter forms to change drastically in order to link them. 

MYTH #5 - Cursive or script writing should be written on a slant.

Did you learn a form of scriptwriting that slanted to the right? If so, let me ask you another question. How often do you read letters that are slanted? Almost never, right? All the popular fonts are as straight as can be. And yet, you were probably forced to learn a form of writing that A - is challenging to read and B - provides little benefit in any other way. There is certainly a lot more effort required in learning to slant your writing. But where is the benefit? Linked handwriting is easier to learn when there is no slant involved.

MYTH #6 - Your pen shouldn't leave the paper while writing a word.

Were you taught to write words without ever lifting your pen from the paper? The cursive styles mentioned above are supposed to help you write more quickly because the letters are joined up. However, in order to join those letters without lifting your pen, the look of the letters must change, often quite dramatically. But here's the thing: If, instead, you raise your pen from time to time, you'll end up with letters that are easier to write and words that are easier to read. 

Everyone is different, and our handwriting styles should reflect that. Learners should have an opportunity to play with letter forms and to choose the way to shape and join letters that they prefer to write and read. 

Key Takeaways:

Don't overuse capital or upper case letters
Don't fill the space between lines when you write
Letters with circles shouldn't start at the top
Don't use cursive or script writing for everyday writing
It's not necessary to write letters on a slant
Your pen can lift from the paper while writing words

Now you have 6 possible reasons for your bad handwriting!

Do any of the myths still influence your writing? Are you ready to build some new and better habits? Imagine being proud of your handwriting. Imagine putting pen to paper, confident that what appears will make you smile and not cringe. It may have taken you years to develop the bad handwriting you have now, but it could take just minutes to improve it!

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