Today, handwriting is beginning to be viewed as a dying artform. Computers, which barely 30 years ago were seen as an optional luxury, are now everywhere. Everyone has laptops and mobile phones, which means that fast accurate typing is understood to be a more useful ability. Certainly communication through the hand-written word has almost vanished. Personal letters are few and far between, replaced by text messages, instant messaging, phone calls and Skype – the only ‘snail mail’ I receive is computer generated and impersonal, and sent to many other people that are in the same age range and probably lead a very similar lifestyle (student deals, takeaway menus, club nights).

Leaflets, bill board posters, business cards, packaging, legal records, books – everything is typed using a computer. In fact, it is widely believed that in the future humans will have no use for handwriting.

I believe that learning to write by hand is very important for a number of reasons. First of all, it is the easiest most spontaneous way of expressing yourself through words. It doesn’t matter if it’s an essay, a story, a poem or even a blog post, I always have to hand write notes and a first draft before I type it up and make final adjustments to it. For me, ideas flow better when I put pen to paper. When I type without writing it down first, I think it sounds emotionless and robotic, like it could have been written by anyone. In addition, studies have shown that a person’s handwriting can reveal as many as 5000 personality traits. Furthermore, if you ever wish to further your drawing education, learning to write the alphabet neatly and clearly is essentially your first lesson in refining your technique and developing your fine motor control. It is something you will continue to do over many years, until you are happy with it.

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