These days, writers spend more time on the computer than they do scrawling in a notebook.
Of course, we’ve always wanted ways to translate the thoughts in our heads to paper faster—from the quill pen to the metal fountain pen, the printing press to the typewriter, we’re more interested in how to spread our ideas better and faster than in the technology used to do it.
We’ve discussed ways to improve your handwriting, in case you’re hesitant to get started with a bullet journal because the only writing you’ve done since grade school was to sign your name when necessary.
Now let’s look at some gorgeous handwriting that can inspire you to take up journaling and write longhand more often!
Ogle these amazing examples of penmanship, then grab your own pen and journal and start writing!
Block handwriting or printing is fast, simple, easy to read, and incredibly orderly. The letters are all separated, making them easy to distinguish. If you’re making lists or organizing your thoughts in a journal, this might be the style for you.
It also makes referring back to notes fast and efficient—this is one of the best styles for students to use.
Source: Rochelle Truong/ellehcor
Source: Carolyn Davidson
Cursive is what your grade-school teachers insisted you learn, with joined-up letters and loops and swirls. It can sometimes be as fast as block writing, because you don’t need to pick up the pen as much, but it can also be hard to read if the letters flow into each other too much.
Still, cursive is incredibly beautiful, and everyone’s style is different. This is where you can really let your artistic side shine!
Source: The Anchoress
Source: Lupita Nyongo
Source: Seb Lester
Calligraphy is somewhere in between handwriting and art. It often uses special pens or tools to make thick and thin lines, and it takes much longer to do than normal handwriting because of the careful strokes.
While you wouldn’t use this style to take notes in class or write a grocery list, the jaw-dropping work of great calligraphers is sure to inspire you to up your own writing game!
Source: Seb Lester
Source: forever_calligraphy (Instagram)
Source: Bored N Broke
Source: PiecesCalligraphy (click the link to watch a video!)
Source: Alan Caum
For more inspiration, check out the /r/PenmanshipPorn subreddit!
Show off your handwriting by posting a picture in the comments!
For more inspiration, check out these articles:
- Book Art Lets Inspiration Burst Off the Page
- Fast and Loose: 3 Ways Freewriting Will Upgrade Your Creative Career
- Chart-Topping Stories: Musical Inspiration for Your Fiction
Kate Sullivan is an editor with experience in every aspect of the publishing industry, from editorial to marketing to cover and interior design.
In her career, Kate has edited millions of words and helped dozens of bestselling, award-winning authors grow their careers and do what they love!