I have been learning to touch type, or rather unlearning and re-learning. I spend so long on a keyboard that I can touch already but with three fingers on each hand. Kind of like learning golf then being told your stroke needs to be unlearned to get better.
As Mavis Beacon takes me through the pain of this unlearning/re-learning, I realized today that I don't just need to learn to touch type, but I need to learn to write. I was handwriting a card, and got cramp in my hand. The only time I write now is when I sign something. And now we have the chip and pin card security system for credit/debit cards, I am in danger of losing the ability, or opportunity to write at all, ever.
Also my handwriting has always been awful, and reminds me of something from a psycho CSI are trying to track down. I am the product of starting one school that taught joined up writing/italics and moving across town to another school that taught the opposite. Coupled with the psychological traumas of being a teenager, and the relief of getting onto computers to take me away from my horrible scrawl, the result is that I cannot write.
What are the consequences of bad handwriting? It has been deemed a breach of human rights for people not to be able to read handwriting when people write things about you. But the one that bothers me the most is that I love receiving hand written cards. When people take the time to make cards and hand write and say kind things, it is the most wonderful thing in the world for me.
And I can't reciprocate. I try, but when I have finished I fear that when they see my card they will miss my kind words, wondering which kid/psycho scrawled on the card.
I think I need some lessons from Conrad Gempf, who can write in multiple, and beautiful fonts by hand.
So how is your handwriting, do you write, can you write, are things getting worse for you?