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I’ve never much liked my handwriting. I never really thought there was anything I could do about it. After I started Bullet Journaling, I began to follow journalers on YouTube, of course. Many of them have beautiful handwriting. It’s easy to get envious of things like that, but it’s also easy to forget that beautiful handwriting doesn’t just happen. Handwriting is one of those things that come with practice and intentionality. Never before had I cared enough to practice my own handwriting, or really thought about it honestly.
Anyway, watching YouTube introduced me to the idea of practicing my own penmanship. I started, for some crazy reason, with trying to use my dual brush pens to write in brush script lettering. It didn’t go well, but then I realized that part of the reason was that I didn’t really care for my regular handwriting, so I wasn’t likely to enjoy my brush script writing, even if I did get the method down.
Because of this, I stopped with the brush script. I want to learn. It’s still my end game, but for now, I’m working on my “perfecting” my own writing instead.
I started by writing out each letter multiple times until I had perfected the way I wanted to write each one. Then, I practiced writing them individually over and over again like I did back in grade school when I was first learning cursive. I practiced both capitals and lowercase.
After I felt like I had a grasp on the letters, I started practicing words. I wrote months, days of the week, names, and basically anything else that came to mind.
Then, I started practicing with poetry. I look up poems and copied them into my writing book for practice. I try to practice daily now and do a poem or two each evening.