Tuesday, November 03, 2009

My Penmanship Woes

Who would've thought that I would have cause to lament my poor penmanship? After all, I type most all of my correspondence.

When I have to write with a pen, I use all capital letters. All the time. It isn't pretty, but it is effective. I learned the technique in college when taking notes. If I wanted to write fast and I wanted to be able to read it afterwards, then I needed to go the all caps route. It looks rather masculine, not loopy or rounded, and no little happy faces to dot the i's.


Now, however, I'm signing books. I'm writing little messages in them to the recipients, and I'm sad that my skill with a pen isn't better. I wish my handwriting was as pretty as the font used for the title on the cover.

So, how about you? Do you like your penmanship? Can someone tell by looking at your handwriting if you're most likely to be a boy or a girl?

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28 comments:

  1. I never really like my writing. You can tell I'm a girl with it, but it's not very pretty. However, I think it helps when you have the right pen.

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  2. I don't dislike my writing, but it's annoying because it's always changing. Sometimes slanted, sometimes a mix of print and cursive. LOL
    Don't worry about your signature! I'm sure whoever gets the autograph is excited and doesn't care what it looks like. :-)

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  3. Penmanship lessons, anyone? (-;

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  4. I do actually like my writing and I agree with heather, I think it helps when you have the right pen. I would think that someone could guess I was a girl by looking at my writing. It is very flowery.

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  5. I have horrible penmanship...but I console myself that somewhere I read or heard that the messier your handwriting, the smarter you are. Not sure if that's true or not, but if it is, then I'm a genius! haha!

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  6. What? No smilies or curly cues? I used to write in all caps too. My handwriting goes through phases. Right now I'm in a slanty cursive phase. I used to LOVE writing by hand, but now I get crampy.

    I'm sure you're fine with signing books--as long as no one has to double check the outside cover to make sure it was written by Erica instead of Eric. HAHA, ok, I'm cracking up now, but I'm staying awake by entertaing myself :D

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  7. I think about this all the time in reference to signing my books...one day. I even, dare I confess, practice my signature, but I still hate it. I know an author whose handwriting is not pretty, but is an amazing writer and I focus on that. It's not about you write, it's about how you write! ;) BTW, how come I didn't know you homeschool? We need to talk more often!

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  8. Oh, I hate my penmanship. Feel for you, Erica!!

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  9. I once had great handwriting, but grad school messed that up. :-) I had to take so many notes for my qualifying exams that my hand grew cramped and uneven, and it has never really recovered.

    If I concentrate, I can revert to the old handwriting, so if I'm ever signing books, I will try to do a decent job.

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  10. Heather, I have an awesome pen given to me by a friend as a gift when I sold my first book.

    I so wish I could blame the pen!

    Though it reminds me of Anne of Green Gables, who always wrote her most affectionate letters to Gilbert when she had just the right type of pen for the job. :)

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  11. Jessica, my writing has morphed over time too. I used to have the loopy, girly writing, everything round and swirly. Then it just quit one day.

    Probably about the time I stopped getting graded on penmanship. :)

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  12. CJ, I could totally use some!

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  13. Tabitha, my sister has beautiful penmanship. That's probably why mine seems so bad. I compare it to hers. I should stop that...but I'm the second-born, and I can't seem to help it. :)

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  14. JoAnne, if that's true, I'm a genius too!

    That idea totally made me laugh. Maybe that's why so many doctors have bad penmanship.

    Wonder what Einstein's ABC's looked like.

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  15. G- I grip my pen so hard, I have a callous on the middle finger of my right hand. My hand gets crampy now too.

    When I was in Jr High, the rage was to dot your i's with flowers or smiles. Or at the very least, a big circle.

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  16. Gina, I'll confess, I was one of those girls who, as soon as she got engaged, started practicing her married signature. (cheezy grin here)

    And I've been homeschooling my kidlets for 8 years now. Getting ready to launch a kid next fall. :)

    We should talk more!

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  17. Eileen, Yay to know I'm not alone! But I bet you have lovely penmanship.

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  18. Rosslyn, I wonder if kids today will experience the change in penmanship during college, since it seems that most of them are carrying laptops to classes and typing everything.

    I've even heard rumors that cursive is going to be taken out of schools, since it hardly ever gets used. One superintendent said if the goal was to teach children to read and prepare them to take part in today's world, all you had to do was look at books. Not a single one is printed in cursive, nor do we type that way.

    I guess he has a point. But what's next to remove from schools?

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  19. I thought the signed book you sent me was beautiful!

    And my mom just compared you to Debbie Macomber, but said you're "even better." So who cares what your handwriting looks like? :)

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  20. I think your handwriting is just fine! I don't think I know anyone who tops their eyes with smiley faces. Heart maybe, though.

    I think my handwriting is definitely girly. I switch back and forth between print and cursive. I think it's halfway decent but it definitely looks like a girl wrote it.

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  21. Stephanie! I need your mom's address so I can send flowers!

    I think I may frame your comment.


    Seriously.

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  22. Cindy, hearts? Oh, yeah, I remember seeing those too.

    I've often wondered what a handwriting analysis would turn up about my handwriting.

    I'd probably need therapy afterwards. :)

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  23. In college, studying to be an elementary teacher, our professor had us learn to grip the pen/pencil with our opposite hand and fill those Big-Chief tablet pages with both print and cursive letters. Supposedly to help us empathize with little ones just learning how. But it was pure torture!

    In real life, my penmanship varies by the day and duty. Half print and half cursive sometimes. Some all print and some perfectly slanted loopy cursive. What headaches would my writing samples give to a CSI-type handwriting analyst?

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  24. Linda3:11 PM

    Believe it or not, my penmanship is better with some pens than others. Don't ask me why. Maybe it's the flow of the ink. It's just a reality for me. Maybe experiment with diff pens.

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  25. Wow, Candee, that would be tough to fill a notebook with left-handed writing for me.

    CSI would probably deduce that I"m as nuts as I really am! :)

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  26. Linda, that's how I feel about my Bic Crystal pens...cheap, but I love them!

    That and sharpie markers. :)

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  27. I used to have great handwriting, but with the advent of the computer and the disappearance of handwritten letters, it's lousy. Even my signature has a tattered look (sigh).

    Still, awesome that you're signing books (YAY!) and I like that you put a scripture reference. Lovely, no matter what the penmanship is like.

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  28. I've never liked my handwriting either. But now that I write almost exclusively with a fountain pen it looks better! You might should give it a try. There are a lot of affordable ones out there and even some disposable ones from Pilot now.

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