How to Change Your Handwriting in 10 Steps or Less ...

You can learn how to change your handwriting, even if you've disliked it for years!

Forget the usual advice. Ditch old habits. Use your new tips, tricks and tools.

We'll cover the 7 parts of handwriting beginning with the most important ones!

WHAT YOU'LL GET (10 kinds of help, all of it free!) ...

All 7 parts are important, but some are more important than others.

The biggest pieces in the pie chart will make the biggest difference to your handwriting style.

If you're ready to change your handwriting …

Follow the advice below.

You'll put a permanent patch on any problems,

and build lifetime habits in no time at all.

Here's what you'll do …

  • Make a handwriting sample
  • Answer the 1st question
  • If you answer 'yes', go on to the next one
  • If you answer 'no', stop
  • Use the new tip, trick, and tools
  • Give yourself time to make your new habit stick

NOTE: Don't try to learn more than one new skill per day.

These days we're busier and more distracted than ever.
You need single-minded focus for new learning to stick.
Don't overload your brain.

Avoid overwhelm to ensure success!

If you find you need more than one day to build new handwriting habits, let me know. Just fill in any of the blue boxes below, and I'll send you an email reminder with a link so you can come back to the handwriting help. I'll also send you a password giving you access to bonus tips, tricks and tools.

MAKE A HANDWRITING SAMPLE!

Before you answer your first question ...

Make a sample of your normal everyday handwriting:

  1. Use lined paper (or draw lines for your sentences), and a pen
  2. Write the following sentences on 2 lines, one directly over the other:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
The five boxing wizards jump quickly.

Now let's get started ...

Your 10 answers will show what’s working, what isn't, and what needs to change.

SPECIAL NOTE: If you really want to know how to change your handwriting ...

don't pick and choose! Be sure to answer all questions in the order given.

Changing letter SHAPE is the most useful thing you can do to change your handwriting!

Your letters will be the correct shape if they are similar to letters you're used to reading every day.
Like common fonts, they'll be both uniform and easy to read.

Note: With the 'shape' questions #1, #2 and #3, we'll look at individual letters, not at any lines you use to join letters. We'll look at joining letters in Question #10

QUESTION #1 - Are you using lower case and upper case (capital) letters correctly?

Capital letters are used at the beginning of sentences, and certain names. They can also be used for emphasis, for example in titles, but it's not a good idea to use them exclusively.

IF YOU WRITE LIKE THIS, instead of writing like this, your letters are not easy to recognize!

If you write using all capital letters, read the following before you continue with the questions …

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QUICK FIX - Switch to using lower case letters most of the time

Capital letters act as useful signals, but when they are used exclusively, these very useful signals are lost!

3 More good reasons not to use capital letters exclusively:

  1. Upper case (capital) letters are not seen as often as lower case letters. As a result, they take more time to recognize and read
  2. Because they make words look quite different, words written in capital letters can't help reinforce your learning when you're trying to improve skills like spelling, and reading
  3. It takes longer to write using these letters. They are larger, you lift your pen more often when writing them, and they're difficult to link to other letters

Do you need help switching from writing using all caps to writing using lower case?

I have free tools, guidelines, and a few simple steps for you. Use the buttons below!

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QUESTION #2 - Are you careful not to reverse letters?

When you substitute a mirror image letter for your intended letter, words become very challenging to read.

The most commonly reversed letters are  b and d. A couple of less common side-by-side reversals are p and q, and z and s. An upside-down reversal is m for w, or vice versa.

Image of reversed letters separated by mirrors: b and d, w and m, s and z, p and q

If you want to stop reversing letters, read below before you continue …

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QUICK FIX - Create a habit for shaping reversed letters by using your arm and a special phrase (said out loud).

The best way to avoid letter reversals is to apply a memory aid as you write.

Those just beginning to learn their letters can avoid reversals by learning lower case before upper case (capital) letters, and by using an Alphabet Poem, with activities, to guide the shaping of the letter.

As an alternative, I have activities for you to use along with the free 'Wordskillz™ Letter Guide' (pictured to the right) >>>

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NOTE: Our brains have got used to seeing the letters we read most often, the ones in books and magazines,

and on signs and screens.

When your handwriting is different from common fonts you see every day, it's far more difficult to read.

Think of it this way …

Handwriting fonts, like the ones below, look as if their letters are wearing a disguise! When you view these less common fonts, reading skills you've developed aren't as useful. This slows your reading speed, and makes it hard for you to take in and remember what you've been reading.

If letters are confusing, you have to put more energy into the process of reading and writing. So you have less brain power left over to think about what you're reading and writing. Your ability to learn and remember words and ideas is reduced!

3 letters disguised to look like 3 wizards with glasses, beards and hats

QUESTION #3 - Does your handwriting look like the print you read every day?

If your letters don't resemble common print (typeface), and aren't uniform, your words can be unnecessarily difficult for you and others to read.

The letters of common fonts have a consistent, recognizable shape.

But there is more to it than that ...

The letters of common fonts are more rounded than the letters we're used to writing. In fact, because of the ways we were taught to write, we can find it impossible to make our letters consistently rounded.

Not any more ...

If your letters aren't like the print you read every day, and you want handwriting that's always neat ... 

Learn the Wordskillz™ Analog Clock Trick and discover how to change your handwriting

before you continue …

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QUICK FIX - Use the Wordskillz™ Analog Clock Trick to start letters in the right place and in the right way.

The 'Analog Clock Trick' will magically give your letters a consistent, rounded shape that is most like the fonts you read every day. When you use it along with the Wordskillz™ Letter Guide (from Question #2), your handwriting will be much easier to read.

CLICK the button below - to learn how to write neatly using a simple trick!

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Changing Letter SIZE is the 2nd most useful thing you can do to change your handwriting

Your letters are the correct size if:

  1. The ratio between 'long' and 'short' letters, and 'narrow' and 'wide' letters, is correct
  2. Letters rest on the base line and don't reach all the way to (or past) the lines above or below that base line

NOTE: Both questions #4, #5 have to do with letter size. Question #4 deals with height, and Question #5 deals with width.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN ...

  1. Used unlined paper for your sample? Use a ruler to make it look as if you'd written on lined paper.
  2. Now, whether you've written on lined paper or not, create a new line that runs along the top of your short letters.

QUESTION #4 - Are your letters the correct height?

Your long letters should be approximately twice the size of your short letters, and none of your letters should take up all the space between lines.

Are the following 14 short letters taking up about 1/3 of the space between the lines?

a, c, e, i, m, n, o, r, s, u, v, w, x and z

Do the following 7 long letters appear twice as long as the short letters above, and take up about 2/3 of the space between the lines?

b, d, f, h, k, l, t

Do the following 5 long letters appear twice as long as the short letters above and take up about 1/3 of the space above the baseline and 1/3 of the space below?

g, j, p, q, y

When the tops and tails of letters are too short (in relation to the letter body) those letters can be mistaken for other letters.

See the illustration to the right >>>

The tops and tails of letters should not stretch to lines above and below. If they do, they can overlap letters written on other lines. This will make both lines of words more difficult to read.

See the illustration to the right >>>

Remember the lines we were given to practice handwriting?

They looked like the ones in the image above. Note how the letters in the red circle overlap.

I've you've had trouble making your letters the right size, maybe it's the way you were taught!

If you want to improve your letter height, read below before you continue … 

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QUICK FIX - Divide the space between lines into thirds, not halves.

Use about 1/3 or 2/3rds of the space available for each letter.

NOTE: The quick fixes are relevant even if you never use lined paper. Just imagine the lines and spaces you need, and this will improve your writing by creating symmetry and more blank space.

If you'd like to improve the height of your letters, use free downloadable lined paper to magically solve any problems!

You don't need to do any extra practice, just use this specially lined paper for a week or 2 and you'll easily form a habit of making your letters the correct height.

Note: If your letters don't all sit on the baseline, your letter height may appear out of whack when the letters are actually the correct height just jumping out of place! You'll learn how to keep letters and words lined up when we consider letter slope.

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QUESTION #5 - Are your letters the correct width?

Your letters will be easier to recognize and read if they have 3 distinct widths:

# 1  - Is a straight line

# 2  - A square, and also a tall narrow rectangle

# 3 - A short wide rectangle

2 words, dog and jump, showing some letters in boxes and rectangles

In order to determine correct letter width, it's helpful to think of letters as occupying 4 different shapes. They can either fit into:

a. A line: i, l
b. Boxes: a, c, e, n, o, r, s, u, v, x, z
c. Tall narrow rectangles: b, d, f, g, h, j, k, p, q, t, y
d. Low wide rectangles: m, w

Letters that are as wide as the fonts we are used to reading every day, are far more readable than letters that are more squished! The rounder your letters, the better.

In addition, when letters like 'm', and 'w' are squished, they can be confused with the letters 'n' and 'v' that are only half as wide. Make sure the letter 'm' is almost twice as wide as the letter 'n', and the letter 'w' is almost twice as wide as the letter 'v'.

Shows an n on m, and v on w to compare these letter widths

To improve your letter width, read below before you continue …

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QUICK FIX - To create the best letter width, consider the shape the letter fits into

Letters fit into 3 shapes: lines, squares, and rectangles.

Rectangles can be either tall or wide, and sit on the baseline or fall below it. 

If you'd like to improve the width of your letters, use free downloadable lined grid paper to magically solve any problems!

You don't need to do any extra practice, just use this FREE SPECIAL PAPER for a week or 2 and you'll easily form a habit of making your letters the correct width.

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Changing letter SLANT is the 3rd most important thing you can do to change your handwriting!

When your letters are slanted uniformly, and slanted only slightly or not at all, words are easy to recognize and sentences are much easier to read. Your letters have the correct slant if they are all straight up and down, or slightly slanted, and all slanted the same way.

QUESTION #6 - Do your letters have no slant at all, or just a slight slant? Do they all slant the same way?

The slant of your letters has a big impact on their readability.

image of lines slanting too far to the right and too far to the left

To improve the slant of letters and words, read below before you continue …

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QUICK FIX - Use grid paper as a guide until writing with the correct slant becomes a habit

The same grid paper that will help you improve the width of your letters, can be used to help with letter slant. The free downloadable lined grid paper can magically solve problems with letter width, slant (and spacing - the aspect of handwriting we'll consider next)!

I've created three different types of grid paper to choose from, with 3 different types of slant.

You won't need to do any extra practice, just use this FREE SPECIAL PAPER for a week or 2 and you'll easily form a habit of making your letters the correct slant.

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Changing Letter SPACE is the 4th most important thing you can do to change your handwriting!

Some people believe that improving the amount of space between letters and words is just as important as improving shape! If your letters overlap, or words appear too cramped, your writing will be difficult to read. Well spaced letters and words are readable at a glance.

QUESTION #7 - Is your letter spacing the right width and uniform?

                                 Is your word spacing the right width and uniform?

Your letter spacing is correct if no letters overlap within words, and letters are spaced the same width apart. The space between letters should be about the same width as half of the letter 'o'.

Your word spacing is correct if no words overlap, and words are spaced the same width apart. The space between words should be about the same width as the letter 'o'.

NOTE: You'll find that handwriting requires a larger space between letters and words than published fonts.

red arrow pointing to half a circle showing width between letters
red arrow pointing to an 'o' showing the width between words

To improve the spacing between letters and words, read below before you continue …

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QUICK FIX - make the space between letters and words a consistent, correct width

Make the spaces between letters about as wide as half of the letter 'o'

Make the spaces between words about as wide as the width of the letter 'o'.

Use grid paper as a guide until you've formed a habit of getting spacing right. 

The same grid paper that helps with letter width and slant, can help with letter and word spacing. The free downloadable lined grid paper can magically solve a lot of handwriting problems if you just use it briefly as a substitute for the paper you normally use.

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Changing SILLY DETAILS is the 5th most important thing you can do to change your handwriting!

Letter details are something you'll want to consider alongside letter shape. That's because silly details are also very important when it comes to making letters easy to recognize and easy to tell apart from one another.

In fact, silly details aren't silly at all!
I used that name to help you remember all 7 S's for better handwriting: Shape, Size, Space, Slant, Silly Details, Slope and Speed

So what are these silly details?

  • Unique features like dots on the letters i and j, and crosses on t's and f's
  • Mistakes to avoid like loops that are left open on letters like: a, b, d, e, g, o, p, and q
  • Things to avoid like lines that don't connect on letters like: k, v, w, y, and x
  • Mistakes to avoid like curves that don't connect on letters like: m, n and r
  • Special features like tips and tails on letters like: b, d, f, g, h, j, k, q, and y
  • Defining features like lines on letters like: l, a, b, d and curves on letters like: c

QUESTION #8 - Are your letters easy to recognize and tell apart because you remember silly details?

Do the following to get 'silly details' right:

  • Close loops on letters that have circles
  • Join up lines that need to be joined
  • Make curved lines curvy and straight lines straight
  • Put dots over your i's and j's
  • Put crosses on your t's and f's

If 'silly details' are missing, the coloured letters

in the diagram to the left can easily be confused

with the black letters they cover >>>

To improve your use of 'silly details', read below before you continue …

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QUICK FIX -  Include 'silly details' as you write each letter. Don't wait until you've finished a word or sentence. 

As you write, pay attention to the details that make letters stand out

For example, close loops to make letters easy to recognize. Check the image to the right to see how a's and o's can look like c's and u's unless you're careful. >>>

image of  a handwriting font showing letters like 'o' and 'a' that don't close at the top

Dot your i's and j's, cross your t's and f's as soon as you write the letter in question.[If you wait until you've finished writing the word, you might forget!]

Yes, you'll write a little slower if you're paying attention to all these details. But you won't have to do this forever. Just spend a few days paying close attention to your letters every chance you get. This is the way to build a habit of taking the necessary steps.

Once you've built the habits you need, you can go back to writing in the usual way. At that point, you'll be happy with your new and improved results!

There are no special tools for you to use this time. However, you should still take a day to use your new tip before you go on.

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Changing Letter SLOPE is the 6th most important thing you can do to change your handwriting!

There are 3 different ways handwriting slope can cause problems:

  1. Letters, words, and/or sentences miss the baseline
  2. The baseline of words and sentences slopes up or down
  3. Your rows don't line up with the margin of the page

For the purposes of Question #9 ...  Consider how things slope when you're writing on blank, and lined paper. NOTE: The sample you created before you began answering the 10 questions may not be useful when you answer this question. You may need to consider other writing you've done!

QUESTION #9 - Do your letters and words always sit on the baseline, and does that baseline line up with the

margin of your page?

If you write your letters, words, and sentences, on a slope, instead

of a level lined-up baseline, that slope can become distracting

and overwhelm what you're trying to read or write.

When using blank paper,

do your letters, words, and sentences:

  • Have minds of their own?
  • Do they dance all over like notes on a sheet of music?
  • Do they go up and down as if they were written on the surface of a ball?
  • Are they resisting lining up with the page margins?
Images of letters on lines showing different kinds of problems with slope

To improve the slope of letters, words, sentences, and pages,

read below before you continue …

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QUICK FIX -  Four quick and simple changes will make all the difference.

Follow all 4 steps below. The first 2 will help break old habits, the last 2 will help establish new ones:

1) Avoid the use of blank paper for at least a week. Rely on lined paper and margins to guide you.

2) Adjust the slant of your paper, and keep your hand position steady.

3) Follow the leader:

  • When you're writing a letter within a word, use the previous letter as a guide
  • If you are writing a word within a sentence, use the previous word as your guide
  • Whenever you're writing a new sentence, use the previous sentence as your guide

4) Slow down. Give yourself time to integrate the tips in #3.

Whether you're lining up your letters, words, and sentences to the baseline, or your lines to the page margin, think differently about your writing:

  • Before you begin writing, think about what you're going to write
  • As you begin writing, focus on how to write not what to write
  • While you're writing, use the letter, word, sentence, and/or line you've just written to guide you

The same paper that helps with letter height, width, and slant, will help with slope. If you need to practice perfecting letter, word and sentence slope, use the buttons below to access the paper. Then, take a day to use your new tip before you go on.

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I've saved the best for last!

Before you do Question #10, your last question, please read the following ...

The skill of handwriting is as important now as it has ever been!

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But probably not for the reason you're thinking ...

We've known for decades multi-sensory learning is the best, and for some the only way to learn. But multi-sensory learning is noisy and demanding. It is certainly not tell, then test, like some classroom, and most screen learning!  It's a type of learning that requires full mental and physical participation.

Let's look at that process in action ...

Let's say you see a new word in a book you're reading, and you decide to learn it.

You don't know the meaning or how to pronounce the word, so you Google it.

On-line you can hear someone say the word, and discover its meaning.

But you know you're not going to remember what you've learned, unless you get busy.

So you read the word, and its meaning, out loud.

Then you do one more thing to boost your learning and memory.

You write down both the word, and its meaning, while saying, out loud, the words you're writing.

This is a very effective way to learn - I like to think of this See Hear Read wRite approach

as  the sure (SHRwR) way to learn!

Do you see where I'm going with this line of thinking? 

As it turns out,  writing things down is a critical part of the learning process!

YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS HANDWRITING OUT OF THE LEARNING EQUATION!!!

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As you write, you engage your eyes, fingers, hand, arm, shoulder, and ears!

However, a certain style of handwriting is best!

What's more, it's probably not the type of handwriting you learned in school. In Question #3 you learned to start letters in a different place from the place you were taught. In Question #4 you learned to change letter height and not to fill the space between lines as you were taught. Improving letters in these ways, and others, will give you the type of handwriting that boosts your ability to learn and remember.

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Now it's time to make a small addition!

If you want handwriting that is practical for any situation, you'll want to change some letters slightly, and your words quite a bit. As it turns out, the most practical handwriting of all isn't anything like the handwriting you were taught.

It's a hybrid. The best style of writing is a combination of print, otherwise known as manuscript writing, and joined-up writing, also known as cursive writing.

Most people who write a lot every day, have already switched to using this hybrid style of writing because it is so practical. If you haven't yet made the switch, and you'd like to, you're going to love what you learn in Question #10!

ARE YOU READY? Let's get started ...

Changing Letter SPEED is the 7th and final thing you can do to change your handwriting!

If you've ever wanted to learn how to write both quickly and neatly, then Question #10 will be your favorite. You'll learn that when it comes to improving the speed of your handwriting, there is much that you can do.

You can learn to write both quickly and neatly. However:

  1. If your goal is speed, some compromise in neatness and readability is required
  2. If your goal is neatness and readability, some compromise in speed is required

The most radical thing you can do to change your writing speed is to link your letters instead of print writing. There are also 5 less radical things you can do that will still make a big difference.

QUESTION #10 - Do you write as quickly as you'd like?

2 examples of writing, 1 manuscript, 1 cursive, that are circled with red and blue

When letters are joined words can be written far more quickly.

You don't even need to join all your letters, just the ones that can be easily joined.

Joining letters will give you the biggest gain in speed, but of course there is more you can do ...

To improve your writing speed, read below before you finish the 10 questions …

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QUICK FIX -  To speed up your writing, don't lift your pen from the paper as often

And there is more you can do to speed up your writing ...

Everything you need to know about speeding up writing by joining letters can be found at Wordskillz.com!  (as you'll discover when you click on the button below)

Here's a quick list of more things you can do to change your handwriting and speed it up:

  1. Smaller is faster! Shrink the size of your letters to speed up your writing (If you've been using the Wordskillz™ special lined paper, you've already shrunk your letters!)
  2. Get your paper surface just right! Use a pad of paper, or a stack of paper, to write on so your pen glides more smoothly.
  3. Choose the right pen! You need a pen with a comfortable grip that's the right width for you. You also need to be sure the ink flows smoothly but doesn't smear.
  4. Adjust your body! Your hand, arm and shoulder should be relaxed, and your grip should allow the words to flow as smoothly as the ink from your pen.
  5. Adjust your space!  Your writing surface should be stable, large enough, and neither too high nor too low (both your feet should be flat on the floor).

Click below, and learn to write both quickly and neatly ...

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