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National Handwriting Day and the Importance of Writing

This January 23rd writing enthusiasts worldwide will be celebrating National Handwriting Day and appreciating the noble tool that is the pen.

The decline of handwriting in the modern world of computers, phones and keyboards has not gone unnoticed with the average person not having written by hand for the past 41 days.

An essential part of our daily lives whether it be scribbling down a shopping list, taking notes at a meeting or filling in a diary, our handwriting is as unique to us as our fingerprints whereas typing on a keyboard is a generic action that differs neither here nor there.

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Although significantly less physical effort, a typed love letter or postcard can't emote the same feelings as a handwritten one as handwriting requires us to think more because we can't simply delete what we have written. The characteristics of handwriting can also differ greatly from one person to another meaning every letter is different, unique and special.

Our handwriting can be divided into these varying characteristics:

• Specific shape of letters, e.g. their roundness or sharpness
• Regular or irregular spacing between letters
• The slope of the letters
• The rhythmic repetition of the elements or arrhythmia
• The pressure to the paper
• The average size of letters
• The thickness of letters

Handwriting also allows us to connect creatively and let our feelings and thoughts flow onto the page in our own special and individual fashion.

National Handwriting Day encourages everyone to get out their pen and paper and spend a little time practicing their handwriting, this practice however doesn't have to be limited to just this one day. To inspire you we have gathered a few ideas to get you writing on National Handwriting Day and beyond.

Find the perfect tool

If you often find writing uncomfortable or laborious then you could simply be using the wrong pen. Start with the basics of choosing a ballpoint, rollerball or fountain pen and then try different barrel sizes to find a pen that fits perfectly in your grip and feels comfortable when you write.

Cherrell Avery, who was calligrapher-in-residence at the V&A has some sound advice on choosing a pen and says “you need one with the right barrel thickness, the right speed of ink flow, and the right nib resistance on the paper. It’s a personal choice.”

In Cherrell Avery's writing lesson with Jake Wallis Simons from The Telegraph, he finds that LAMY's Safari Fountain Pen is the perfect tool for him. You can shop LAMY Safari Pens on our site, just click here.

Lamy SafariConsult a book

Simply searching 'handwriting books' online brings up thousands of books and exercises to aid you in your handwriting practicing quest. This book by Rosemary Sassoon is an affordable £6.99 and has many positive reviews from people trying to improve their messy or illegible handwriting as it allows you to find the problem with your writing before correcting and improving it.

handwritingWrite a letter to a friend or loved one

Valentine's Day is soon approaching so for those celebrating with a partner this year, show your appreciation by writing them a letter listing all the things you love about them. If that isn't your style then try writing a letter to a distant friend or relative that you haven't spoken to in a while. A handwritten letter shows you are giving time and effort to find out how a person is so it is sure to be appreciated by the lucky recipient.

Whatever you do this January 23rd, make sure to take a little time to focus on your handwriting because a lot of joy can come from the simple action of putting a pen to paper.

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