Writing by hand – why it’s still so important for everyone

I am the world’s most terrible scribbler.

Writing by hand - why it's still so important for everyone

Are you addicted to scribbling notes?

I hand-write all over everything in my (home) office. I have scribble pads in my living room. Beside my bed. In my bathroom (yes, really.) I write all over those pads during the day and collect up the scraps of paper each morning to see if any of the rantings make sense.

Most don’t, but a few do escape recycling.

But that’s not writing by hand. [Read more…]

Writing from the heart – and by hand

Do you groan when you have to address an envelope by hand, or write something in a greeting card? Or do you welcome the chance to express your true self through personally-penned words rather than use the impersonal blandness of a keyboard?

Writing from the heart – and by hand

How many of us remember how to write by hand – neatly?

Recently I was chatting to my good friend Sarah Sibley who runs a business offering the most gorgeous personalised stationery, and we got on to the subject of handwriting and how today it has become almost a novelty in a world of text generated by keyboards that make everyone’s written communication look identical.

Much as I love the online environment because it offers so many varied opportunities to communicate via the written word, I can’t help wondering if its sheer “high-tech-ness” isn’t slowly strangling the poetry and romance out of writing that I, like all children born in the Ming Dynasty, experienced when writing before the digital age. [Read more…]

Have we forgotten how to write from the heart – and hand?

Much as I love the online environment because it offers so many varied opportunities to communicate via the written word, I can’t help wondering if its sheer “high-tech-ness” isn’t slowly strangling the poetry and romance out of writing as those of us who, like all children of the Ming Dynasty, experienced when writing before the digital age.

Have we forgotten how to write from the heart - and hand?

I quite like the discipline. Every word and sentence is written by me, from the heart.

The sheer anarchy and textual diarrhoea enabled by keyboards (and by that I mean typewriters, too, although they were rather a half-way house between writing by hand and what we do now) have obviated our need to think first and write later.

With this wonderful technology that allows us to ramble on at 120 words or more per minute we simply whack down whatever comes into our heads and then repent, or at least edit, at leisure. [Read more…]

Writing by hand for business: how to make sure your handwriting shapes up

writing by hand,business,handwriting,handwrittenIn this article we shared some ideas on how writing by hand for business messages can be a welcome tonic for customers and prospects who are getting a bit oblivious to endless streams of emails and word-processed printed communications.

But if you’re like me and have handwriting that looks like it has been written by a young chimpanzee with two broken arms, you need to check yours out and work on it a bit. [Read more…]

Writing by hand for business: an old new way to get customers’ attention

Writing by hand for businessWho would have thought that writing by hand to your customers and prospects would come back into fashion after more than 100 years?

That’s not as ridiculous as it sounds. [Read more…]

Why handwriting just won’t lie down and die

When I’m not writing for HowToWriteBetter.net and have allowed myself some time off, I often go to “write” for a dressage judge at a horse show/competition (NB: dressage is a bit like ballet performed by horse and rider, on a flat surface rather than over jumps.)

While the judge keeps his/her beady eyes on the horse and rider in the arena, s/he makes comments on each movement and then awards it a mark. My job is to take the dictation – write down the comments on the score sheet and place the mark in the right box. At the end of the competition the rider takes the sheet home so they can study the judge’s comments at leisure.

So my handwriting has to be legible. Yet some judges say an awful lot, very quickly. And the boxes on the score sheets in which to write all this are often very, very small.

All this has focused my feeble brain on the continuing need for people to practise good handwriting.

[Read more…]

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