Discover 6 Myths that lead to 6 bad handwriting habits

and how you can leave the past behind!

Your handwriting is always bad when you write quickly

You're focused on what you're writing, not how you're writing!

When you're in a rush, your letters can start to jump, squash and tilt. This isn't too much of a problem as long as you can read what you've written. But what if someone else has to read your bad handwriting?

You can't always text or email!

There are still many occasions when neat handwriting is required. 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. It's probably not your fault your handwriting is bad. You may be surprised to discover the way you were taught can lead to bad habits that keep you from improving. But the story doesn't have to end there.

If you learned from someone who believed any of the 6 myths, you'll find it hard to improve! 

That sad thing is, these handwriting myths are still causing problems. Most of us picked up our bad handwriting habits because of them, and many still are! If you want to improve your handwriting, or help someone else improve their handwriting, reconsider what and how you learned.

First we'll look at the myths.

Then I'll show you how to turn bad handwriting into good handwriting.

Which of the following myths caused your bad handwriting?

MYTH #1 - Upper case letters should be learned first. 

If you learned capital or uppercase letters first, you may be using those letters more often than you should. Lower case letters are far more common. Yet young learners are often introduced to uppercase letters first. This can lead to problems like the reversal of letters 'b' and 'd', and the substitution of uppercase for lower case forms.  When struggling with handwriting, some people even stick to uppercase letters. However, this can make matters worse. Since they look so different from words we're used to, words written with capital letters are harder to recognize and read. Is misuse of letter forms a problem for you or someone you know?

MYTH #2 - Your writing should fill the space between lines 

Were you taught to go all the way from the bottom line to the top line with your letters? Most of us were, 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 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? That would make your writing much neater wouldn't it?

MYTH #3 - Start letters with circles 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 starting circles at the top, is probably the one most responsible for your bad handwriting. Actually, very few lowercase letters should start at the top. In fact, only letters that begin with lines start there. So all that practice, rather than helping, may have blocked you from progressing! But don't worry, you'll discover the cure when you click the button at the bottom of this page!

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 letters to lower case 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 letter forms. So you had to learn 2 different upper case forms and 2 different lower case forms. There is just no need to make handwriting so complicated!

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

Did you learn a script 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 - isn't all that easy 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?

MYTH #6 - You 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 earlier 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 can change quite dramatically. But here's the thing, if instead, you lift your pen from time to time, you'll end up with letters that are easier to write and words that are easier to read.

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? There are 10 bad handwriting habits that can hold you back. Would you like to discover which of the 10 may be affecting your handwriting and what you can do to stop those bad habits today.

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!

Click the button below. I'll give you the help you need to build better new habits.

Key Takeaways:

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

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