The Argument for Handwriting

Handwriting is an integral part of our human experience. From the earliest age, we’re led to believe that handwriting, for some reason, is a skill that we’ll need for our future. It sounds like a throwback to the stone age because in reality, many computer interfaces are all about handwriting recognition.

You’d think that in the 21st century, handwriting would be obsolete – and in many ways it is. I mean, who actually writes letters with a pen and paper these days? Texting, email and social media has almost completely eliminated the need to handwrite anything.

Handwriting Old Retro Vintage  - Joa70 / Pixabay
Joa70 / Pixabay

It is very important to maintain good handwriting skills.  Writing is shown to improve children’s reading and spelling performances. If they practice handwriting, they will show a reformed letter sequence on the screen. In the near future, it may be argued that handwriting is a skill that can be taught with a phone or tablet.

Most of us are so used to typing that our handwriting can become illegible. In fact, a recent study found that a staggering two thirds of handwritten exam scripts were marked as not being clearly legible. It’s interesting that even the words illegible and illegibility contain the word “legible” in them, highlighting the importance of being able to read someone’s writing! But what if you want to learn perfect handwriting or just improve your current pencilling style? The tips and advice in this guide could help you to do just that.

It’s incredible what we can get away with in this age of technology. We can use emojis, speak to our families and friends halfway across the world via video calls, and type almost everything we’d like on a daily basis. And while excellent handwriting is important for checks and medical forms, if you’re going to be typing most of the time anyway, why should it matter?

Handwriting used to be the go-to way of communicating in person. People would use pens and paper to jot down a note while they had a conversation. While the method of handwriting has dwindled, it is still important especially when it comes to signing important legal documents.

Have you ever read a book and thought that the writer wrote in their own handwriting? I have, it was well written, but incredibly hard to read. Seeing as how good handwriting is a skill that seems to be going away, it makes me wonder should we still be teaching it and is it still as important?

At the age of five, we learn to decently control our hands without too much difficulty. We’re taught to hold a pencil, to flow over a sheet of paper and make shapes using different forms of letters. But why is handwriting so important? And how can we keep in touch with our great handwriting style?

Handwriting is an essential part of our education system, but as the times have changed and the world has become more digital, handwriting has started to fade away. But that doesn’t mean it’s less important. As a child, most likely you were taught handwriting. In addition to all the letters of the alphabet and numbers, you also learned how to form paragraphs, sentences and even your signature. Everyone’s signature was different, just like everyone’s handwriting was different.

Using Pens and Pencils with the Right kind of Useful tips

There are two types of tips used in pens and pencils, ball and china. Ball tips have a rounded tip and work the best for writing but are not so good for drawing. China tips have a long, fine and sharp tip and are used for drawing. Specifically, for ball and china tips, there are a few things that need to be considered to get the right one. One of the things that needs to be known is that the size of the tip at the end of the pencil is most important.

Have you ever wondered why kids do better in school due to their handwriting abilities? Or there are a lot of people out there who are getting fired from their jobs because their writing is sloppy. No matter what the situation might be, having great handwriting can be the first step towards a successful career.

Pick the correct pen and paper

Choosing the right pen and paper for personal use is an important job. After all, you don’t want to make do with shabby paper and crummy pens when there are so many cool options to choose from. Here are some guidelines for making your choice.

Pens – The first thing to consider when choosing a personal pen is the quality of the ink. Poor pens will give you a scratchy, bumpy writing experience, so be sure to go with a good pen. Make sure the pen is comfortable to hold and has a nice weight. You also want to think about nib size, or the width of the pen’s nib.

Pen Notepad Stationery Writing  - Mariakray / Pixabay
Mariakray / Pixabay

Double dipping letters is one of the biggest mistakes the majority of people do. And, by double dipping, I mean, when you drag your pen once to lay down the first stroke of the letter, then drag it again to lay down the second stroke of the letter. This can lead to slashes across the letter. The best way to fix that is to lift up the pen between the two strokes to break the connection.

Picking the correct paper can be tricky as well. There are many types of paper out there that are marketed towards people who enjoy cursive writing. You probably already know this and have tested a few out yourself, but maybe you haven’t found the right one yet. Writing neatly on lined paper can improve how your handwriting looks.

Imitate the handwritings you like

If you are a big fan of the way another author writes, then get some tracing paper and start to copy them. After this, use what you learned in your own writing.

We often associate beautiful handwriting with our early years. We all know the magical experience of seeing our own handwriting for the first time, or seeing our name in curly letters on an envelope.

Start making relaxing scribbles on the page. By practicing this habit, you’ll firm up your hand and eye coordination skills and have more chances in life to embark on new ventures. Start practicing scribbling on papers for much better handwriting experience.


As long as we continue to use paper, we’ll need to write on it. And since we don’t handwrite anywhere near as much as we used to – especially younger generations – handwriting should be a priority. Don’t get me wrong, handwriting absolutely has its place in our increasingly digital world. It may seem a bit old-fashioned to some people but the good news is, it can be learned and mastered by anyone.

Hand Ink Pen Writing Text  - neelam279 / Pixabay
neelam279 / Pixabay

As you can tell, handwriting is an art form. The purpose of writing something down is to communicate – to be understood by another person. Handwriting, along with other written arts, are like a “language” that we all know, but it’s just different than the language that we speak in our modern society. Each person’s handwriting reflects their character and personality, not just through the words that they write but also through the way that they form them.

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