August 22, 2013
As I stated in a previous post my handwriting had deteriorated somewhat since leaving school in 1953 so I had decided to do something about it. I bought a textbook on good handwriting in 1957 and began practising.
Below is a sample of my handwriting, taken from one of my journals at the time:
After one year I felt confident enough to re-write that particular travel journal in my “new handwriting”. Below is a sample of the same text so that you can compare.
I know it still looks as if there was room for improvement, and now my handwriting has changed again; for the better I hope. I would be interested to see your comments about whether changing your writing destroys any “character” in it, as some people claim. The usual response when you criticise someone’s handwriting claiming that it’s unreadable is “Yes, but you must admit it’s got character!”.
The whole idea of writing is to communicate information clearly and legibly, not to show the individuals “character”.
Keith on August 22nd, 2013 at 9:56 am #
Margot – Oui, je sais que ma grammaire est terrible. I write like what I speak. . . A bientôt.
Toffeeapple on August 22nd, 2013 at 12:23 pm #
A disticnct improvement in the second sample Keith. I think that you can still have character in your handwriting even when using a formal script.
When are you going to get a blog, and write silly things like wot I write? – Keith.
Toffeeapple on August 25th, 2013 at 1:01 pm #
I did think about starting one but can’t work up any enthusiasm for it. Besides which, I don’t get up to much that is interesting.
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