Monday, 16 November 2009


Now here's a funny thing. My handwriting, which used to be full of spikes, is getting more curvaceous!

I'm not deliberately changing it. I dare say some people do try that, having perhaps read somewhere that their writing contains certain 'male' features that are instant give-aways. That seems a bit paranoid, however. Personally I don't see how you can eradicate the writing habits of a lifetime without the result looking unnatural.

And how much handwriting does one do anyway? Mine is mostly confined to shopping lists and signatures on letters and cheques. That's one of my shopping lists in the photo.


  1. I've noticed the same thing about my writing. I think at least part of its being less spiky is that I write more slowly and with less haste than I used to. But I also simply like it looking rounder and neater.

    You're right that we tend not to write much any more. I type so much more than I write. But ever since the rift between my mother and me, the notes I send her are handwritten. I don't know why. I write much less than I used to, and I guess I want to be just a bit more personal.

  2. I like writing, and every now and then I do it just for practice. I reinvented my handwriting when I was 11 or so, because it was getting very scrappy, and ended up with afairly italic style. I tried rounding it out a few years ago to see if I could produce something more 'feminine'; the results looked blah, and I went back to my original script.

  3. I haven't got the patience to write by hand. Even my shopping list is a document ready to alter as I go along and I print it out on shopping day (not as organised as it sounds). Needles to say my handwriting is dreadful and always has been. One kind teacher at primary school told me that my brain works to fast for my hands.

  4. @Veronique:
    Yes, I like it looking rounder, but it's hard to alter the essential look of the writing using sheer willpower, and something other than intention must be at work if it actually is changing a bit. Perhaps the muscles in my arm or hand (not much idea about the real anatomy, sorry) have changed and this is having some effect. Or maybe my subconscious notions of what now pleases me are influencing the motor workings transmitted from my brain. Or could be aliens with strange rays. Who knows!!

    I haven't any close family left now. I prefer to type all letters because I make mistakes and have second thoughts - writing things isn't at all easy.

    Snap! Except that I changed from copperplate to italic at 17 - well, a kind of italic; I was a rampant individualist in these little things, still am really, and it was very much an 'identity' thing, and in fact one of the very few 'permitted' ways to express the 'me' within. I stuck at it, and induced a permanent alteration. Of course I was young and malleable then.

    Well, join me in nerd's corner. I've used PDAs (small computer-like handheld devices with touch screens and stylus imput, originally unconnected to the Internet) since 2000. Back then I used a succession of Palms, beginning with the Palm Vx and upgrading almost annually. I had a great application called HanDBase installed. This was a pretty sophisticated database program, and I set up my record of day-by-day bank and credit card transactions, photos taken, music bought, caravan sites visited, maps owned, check-lists of things to pack when travelling, and so on. And also a simple list of things to shop for. So there was a period when the only writing I regularly did was to sign my name.

    I have moved away from Palms and now use an HP iPAQ, which runs Windows Mobile and is slower but much more versatile, indeed as capable as the desktop PC I bought nine years back. It's nice to have such computing power with me at all times, but I've reverted to a handwritten list for shopping, even though the iPAQ also runs a Windows version of HanDBase, because I don't want to drop it in the store!


  5. I'm told my handwriting is nice and it has noticeably changed from my spidery scribble I had 10 - 15 years ago probably reflecting the change in myself over that time. I don't write as much as I used to but still leave notes to someone who doesn't use e-mail and sometimes the odd draft blog post.
    Lucy x


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