It’s been so hot here lately that when I get home from my day job, I don’t want to do anything! ( ￣^￣) I would like to go for a run today (I’ve been trying to exercise more (︶︹︺) and I just took up running) but the heat tends to absorb all of my motivation. How about I write a post while I work up the willpower to don my running shoes? (・∀・)
How many of you write by hand these days? Sometimes it’s unavoidable; depending on your job, you might spend all day initialing forms or jotting down notes. Other times, it’s just easier to use a computer – like when you decide it might be fun to write an epic adventure novel (oh, silly misguided young Melissa…). Whether you like the smell of ink or the click-clack of the keyboard, one thing I’ve noticed is that penmanship in general has suffered over the years. When I ask a teenager to sign their name on a form at my day job, I get a bewildered stare, as though I’m speaking some foreign and ancient language: Sig-na-ture… What is that?
Even I’ve gotten sloppy, to be honest. When I was first started exploring the joys of the written word in my tweens, I kept all my hand-written stories in a treasured binder. Though I rarely completed my meandering tales, the ones I did finish were written up on the computer as “good copies”. I still have all those notes and half-formed ventures in a box somewhere.
Nowadays, it’s just easier for me to churn out thousands and thousands of words on my laptop. I do still edit by hand and often continue my thoughts or chapters elsewhere on a stray piece of paper when nothing else is handy, but predominantly, I write on the computer.
If you follow me on Instagram, you might notice I tend to like a lot of photos of stationery or planning materials. It’s my guilty pleasure – and goodness is there a lot of gorgeous handwriting on Instagram! From quotations to people sharing their ほぼにち pages or bullet journal spreads, my mind drifted back to a time when I used cursive writing to denote character thoughts. Cursive. That was something I hadn’t thought about in a long time…
Enter the #rockyourhandwriting challenge. ＼(￣▽￣)／
I’ve recently learned about bullet journaling and have started following specific users to get inspiration for my own future projects. Eventually, I stumbled on a handwriting challenge post for July. I tried my hand (hur hur, dumb writing humour (⌒_⌒;) ) at cursive writing for the first time again in … probably about 12 years and boy, was I rusty.
With a prompt for every day of July, I worked at improving my penmanship, and the results were startling. Seriously, guys! Challenges like these are great because it gets you writing every day and the progress is undeniable. At first, my letters were uncertain and shaky, as I tried to remember just what the heck a Z looked like in cursive, but after a week, I didn’t have to pause to consider the difference between a lowercase B and an L. If you struggle with your own handwriting and want to work on stronger penmanship, I encourage you to take the #rockyourhandwriting challenge and see how much you improve.
Now check out some of these photos because I am so very proud~ (and so very humble (￣～￣);;)
Do you write by hand much? If so, how do you feel about your handwriting? While I have my off days I tend to like my penmanship a lot!