The first step is to pull together some samples of handwriting you love. Chances are, if you want to make your own writing better, you’ve probably seen some writing that you aspire to. I keep an idea file when I see writing I admire (or anything else that inspires me, for that matter). Looking at great writing can help train your eye: look at spacing, the line weight (how thick or thin it is), the balance on the page; feel the emotion the lettering evokes; let your mind wonder to all the ways you would use your own handwriting if you could write like that.
When you’re ready to try writing something yourself, a list is a great place to start: a grocery list, a to-do list, a books-to-read list, clues for a treasure hunt. Spend just a minute or two more than you normally would on every day lists.
As you practice more, think about the spacing between lines, then the spacing between letters. A list on separate pieces of paper is a wonderful way to practice, and a great thing to include on a scrapbook page because if you make a mistake, you can just start over on a new little piece of paper, without wasting all the time you’ve already spent.
After 18 years of daily practice, my handwriting still changes a bit from day to day. (And my signature is still pretty much illegible, as my children are quick to point out.) I hope you’ll stop by my blog in July, when I’ll be featuring handwritten quotations every day.
Raise your hand if you're about to go find some scratch
paper and a pen to start practicing your penmanship.