When is the last time you considered your handwriting? I suspect some time during late primary or early secondary school before it became a subconscious act. But writing suddenly stopped being subconsious for me as I had a handwriting crisis with the letter f. All of a sudden I didn’t like how wrote the letter and felt awkward every time I wrote one. I researched different ways to write f and practised writing them on scraps of paper to find a style I like.
But then I discovered I was over thinking how to write f and it had become difficult to write. Just look at these attempts from my diary, I gave up on the first and started the word again, and in the second you can see I’ve written the letter at least twice and ended up a shape that doesn’t even look like an f.
I’ve now settled into a new method of writing the letter f which is different to my previous writing. In the image below my original f is above the caption and my new style the left hand picture below the caption below. However, I don’t love the new style because I think it looks angular compared to the rest of my handwriting which is curvy, for example many m, n, h and k curve below the line and under the following letter and my g and y tend to curve under the preceding letter. However, it feels more comfortable to write and writing has become a subconscious act again, so I’m feeling happier.
I don’t know what triggered this handwriting crisis, but I’m hoping I’m not going to have it with the rest of the letters in the alphabet. I already know I don’t particularly like the way I write q and z but as I don’t use them as much as the other letters I haven’t had the desire to research alternative methods, yet!
Have you noticed your hardwriting changing? Have you tried to change your handwriting and how did you go about it?