When I was in my teens I deliberately developed a sort of Victorian penmanship, which looked precious and affected. It has evolved into a more natural-looking but still slightly fancy-pants style. Why did I do this? I think it was a rebellion against the '70s cult of being "natural" and "laid back."I have to say I really dislike the European-style grid paper. I'd rather use completely unlined paper.
I fully agree - the grid paper is a pain to use and look at. I'll try blank paper next time, although I can never manage to write in a straight line... another penmanship quirk.
Still handwriting half page in my A5 book, on average. But took the habit to write the same A5 page with my favourite portable - these days, a Royal Quiet Deluxe.Fountain pen fan from age 8.
Good idea to get some typing in every day! I'm not great at keeping track of all the loose leaves once I'm done typing, so I'd probably prefer a bound journal + fountain pen if I was to keep a diary... which I have resolved to do every year and failed :)
I learned to print until I think 2nd grade where in the second half of the year we learned cursive. I wrote neatly until college where I learned to scribble to keep up with the lectures. Now I write as often as I can with a fountain pen. I hope to improve.I sometimes write on grid paper, but prefer not to. All my lab notebooks are on that grid paper. I prefer lined or plain.Your hand writing is great. Very neat and legible.
I think taking notes in college is where it all goes downhill - speed writing has nothing in common with fine penmanship. My favorite notes to read back are the ones I write while nodding off in a particularly mind-numbing session... sometimes the mind wanders in very interesting ways!
I used to write in an odd gothic block style which was painstaking and slow. Lost the patience for that in adulthood and now I have a chicken-scratch half-cursive way of handwriting, usually incomplete words because my brain still works faster than my hand. Writing for me almost always happens at a keyboard these days for it to work right.
The gothic block handwriting sounds intriguing! Some days I find the keyboard distracting, but sometimes it's essential. It is certainly nice to have the choice, though.
My handwriting started bad in elementary school and never got better. I started as a lefty and was forced out of it in second grade. I can only attribute partial blame to Ms. Lash (not made up) as my chicken scratches look like my dad's. Genetics is an odd thing.At conferences, I can take notes faster on an iPad than in handwriting. I'm ruined. But you have inspired me to break out one of the cursive machines later in the month.
I am impressed at your iPad speed! I find I make too many errors and it gets frustrating after a while, but it is fun for occasional use.
My third grade teacher had the most lovely penmanship; right out of a book. Mrs. Wilson taught us all how to write cursively. I wrote that way until my early 20s, then experimented with different writing styles -- including a sort of hybrid between cursive and printing.I've just shared my "natural" handwriting, listing my current typewriter collection in yesterday's blog post. I hadn't intended it to be "public", but that's what ended up happening!Your penmanship is very interesting and unique. I have found this to be true for many people who did NOT grow up in the USA. I am captivated by my British friend Caroline's handwriting, rather similar to yours.
You make a very interesting point about non-U.S. taught handwriting! Although, I will have to think harder about it and see if there is a noticeable difference. I grew up in a former British colony, but I have never considered my penmanship to be influenced by that. Now I'm not sure...My dad has amazing penmanship when he makes the effort - mine is a very watered down version of his cursive after several years of unsuccessful attempts at imitation. I'll have to get a sample from him one of these days. P.S. I just realized your blog wasn't in my sidebar - what an oversight! Rectified immediately, of course, and I couldn't wait to go over and check out your handwriting :)
My handwriting didn't so much evolve as devolve. The instant I learned printing I moved on to cursive, and the instant I became comfortable with cursive I started using some horrible amalgamation of the two, a tumbling, loose-limbed chickenscratch that only I can read. Sometimes I feel bad for my students when I leave assignments on the board; oftentimes it looks like I'm teaching a lesson in hieroglyphics...
Such evocative writing... "tumbling, loose-limbed chickenscratch" - beautiful description! Although I still wouldn't want to decipher your handwriting, by the sounds of it :P
I used to write very small not cursive with a dip-in Rotring Isograph but somewhere over the years I'm now almost 100% all caps. And yes, a typewriter has always been a means of making my writing more legible.
Aha, so you are one of those all caps writers! I have never quite understood it, but I suppose it is more legible than most. Now that most people agree typing in all caps is the equivalent of shouting, what does that make handwriting in all caps, I wonder?
In Bangkok in the early 1960s we were taught to write English in cursive using dip fountain pens. Very messy and slow, to say the least. Then later when I went on to an English boarding school I found that hardly any of the other students wrote in cursive.
You have wonderful handwriting, Adwoa. And that signature is divine! And your post reminded me of my father's handwriting. I can see another handwriting post coming up!
Such lovely handwriting. My handwriting is no where near the same. Such a shame. It started out nicely in Primary School, but by the time I hit the second year of high school, it was such a wreck that I much preferred computers to write with. Later, I sustained a bit of nerve damage in my hands due to working in the extreme cold, and it got even worse.
your pencasts have vanished! ):
now they're back. weird.
I think your handwriting is wonderful. I like unique handwriting. My handwriting varies with my mood and has evolved and revolved over the years. It's a mixture of cursive and print. Over the years I've had people comment how pretty it is and others who find it absolutely illegible. The odd thing I notice is how it sometimes slants right sometimes left and some times dead center. Btw how do you like your diamond Fp? My first one cracked and I ordered a second one. The new one writes stunningly, so much I've pretty much stopped using all my other fps.