Earlier this week, a journalist from The New York Times called me to discuss handwriting. Throughout the course of our conversation, we kept returning to one question: does handwriting matter in modern day society? At first glance, the answer might seem to be “no”. Right now, you’re reading my typed words to gain information. We can easily communicate without involving a pen and paper. Dig a little deeper, though, and you’ll find that handwriting is still as relevant as ever. In this article, you’ll learn why.
Did you know: all sorts of businesses have popped up that offer to write the perfect handwritten note. Basically, these businesses argue (accurately, wouldn’t you agree?) that email inboxes are saturated. Also, people are used to receiving standard typed notes in their (real-life) mailboxes, so those don’t stand out. Nothing attracts more attention more than a handwritten note.
Once upon a time, letter writing was the way to communicate! Now, however, letters can’t compete with the efficiency of phones, emails, and social media. The disadvantage of electronic correspondence? The loss of personal touch: digital messages are intangible, and most will fall by the wayside as the days pass. That’s where letters really shine: they capture a piece of the author with handwriting, ink choice, stationery, and enclosures. For that reason, letters stand the test of time — and they make the recipient feel special! (Need more reasons to write one? See this article.) Today, we’re going to examine how to write a simple and elegant letter.
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Most beginners kick off learning calligraphy with an understandable question: “Should I start with a pen that dips into ink, or do I start with one of those pens that already has an ink cartridge in it?” (Meaning: a fountain pen.) For a lot of people, it’s logical that a fountain pen is simply a more convenient version of a dip pen. In some ways, it is, but the two writing instruments differ in a lot of ways. Today, we’ll talk about those differences to help you determine which type of pen will best meet your needs.
For years, I puzzled over whether a person’s cursive handwriting really could improve: after all, isn’t handwriting supposed to reflect personality? As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that people’s handwriting changes depending on their mood and the day, and I’m no exception. With that in mind, I believe it’s absolutely possible to improve or change your handwriting, and today, we’ll focus on cursive handwriting in particular. First, we’ll talk about six ways to improve your cursive handwriting, and then I’ll tell you about TPK’s new Elegant Cursive Handwriting Worksheet.