Your handwriting changes over time as it constantly evolves to fit your lifestyle. You can also consciously change your handwriting style. Sudden changes in handwriting can be a warning sign of a condition like Parkinson’s, or it may result from an injury, arthritis, or changes in vision.
To teach yourself to write without looking, you need to practice repeatedly. Gradually adjust your field of focus to a fixed point further and further away from the page while writing. Begin by writing at a desk, and when you get more confident, progress to taking notes in more varied settings.
One of the most used exercises for practicing writing or drawing without lifting the pen is drawing a circle in a box. By positioning your hand on a paper with an inch-by-inch square drawn on it, you can practice moving only your fingers to draw a circle, spiral shape, or a number 8.
Changing our handwriting is a conscious action which graphologists say changes us. Handwriting as a fine motor skill can lock into the brain’s complex wiring to bring about subconscious changes that affect our personalities. Graphology has been the domain of forensic investigations since Aristotle.
Your handwriting is always different because of your energy levels, mental state, the conditions under which you are writing, and the time you have to write. Your handwriting may also be different because you have Parkinson’s disease, writer’s cramp, ataxia, or are experiencing essential tremors.
Your handwriting could worsen because you haven’t been taught correctly, you became complacent when writing, you don’t know how to hold a pen, you might be writing too fast, or you lack patience. Dyslexia, carpal tunnel, Parkinson’s, hand dystonia, or Ataxia can also worsen your handwriting.
You can practice writing over barely visible lines on blank paper and erasing them. You can use a lined paper behind your back paper as a tracing aid, or you can work on your grip and posture. You can also use the top of the paper as your guide or make dots for yourself. It’s all about practicing.
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