HANDWRITING IS NOT JUST ABOUT HAND
HANDWRITING IS NOT JUST ABOUT HAND
It is not only hand which is used for handwriting. It involves the whole of your body. That is, the posture you take for writing. Sometimes, you don't do any mistake with your hand movements but you still get tired. It is because your posture is not supporting your hand movements. Although posture depends on individual's comfort level and muscle response, there are some basic ways to avoid the early fatigue while writing.
The position of your torso
Don't stress your back. Keep it straight but relaxed also. Your torso should be comfortable. Avoid your back completely taking the support of a chair. Take care of your chest. It shouldn't look like lying on a writing table. Sit in a way that you are not at the edges of a chair but occupying it from center to edges. Bent slightly towards a table so that you could feel relaxed with vision and overall body symmetry.
The height of a table should match your writing convenience. If its height and work surface supports your elbow, it will not let your shoulders fatigue easily. The flat surface of a table should have enough space to accommodate your elbow with all its necessary movements.
A tabletop with a slope having angle between 20 to 30 degrees provides ease and relaxation. But we don't find the slope in every desk. In case you are in habit of writing on a sloped surface, keep with you cardboard or books according to your preference for the slope.
Base for feet
The position of your feet depends on the height of a chair. If your feet don't touch the ground, your chair is not appropriate. Similarly if you feel it is so low that besides your feet your legs can also rest on the floor, then too it is a barrier for handwriting. Choose one that makes roughly 90 degrees angle between your thigh and ankle. Don't create a position where you feel your torso is ahead of your feet. Right position of feet helps you in assuring relaxed position to your upper body. Don't drag your feet deep inside the table or the chair. Place them where two ends of a chair and a table are close to each other.
Shoulders to be equidistant from the table
When you face a table, your shoulders should be parallel to it. Both right and left sides should be equidistant from the table. There is no need to twist body for any writing movement.
Don't put pressure on a tabletop if you want to give complete freedom to your forearms. Place them flexibly and lightly. They will contribute to the right posture.
Distance of your face
The distance of your face from the paper is adequate when it supports your torso while writing. Don't try to keep it near to the paper for any reason even if you do that for eyesight. Better is that, change your eyeglasses if you are not comfortable with them.
To some extent, paper selection is about personal liking. It is not a critical issue. It can bring some inconvenience to your handwriting. Smoothness is the most important quality that you can look for in a paper. It doesn't mean it should be glossy. Smooth means pen should leave long lasting impression without resistance. Gloss can only slip pen off.
Writing paper is available in a range of quality. Choose the one that suits you. The paper shouldn't be too heavy or light for writing. An ideal paper is one that doesn't stop you by stopping your pen, and you don't feel problem in moving the paper while penning. It is good if it is least affected by the surface of a table.
Writing comfort depends on paper position. You can't write with a uniform paper position. Keep on changing it as you move on. Changing the position of a paper, makes writing comfortable and often keeps flow consistent. The convenient position for it differs from one person to the other person. Some people want to keep it parallel to the edge of the desk and some tilt it after writing some lines.
When you start writing, place the paper off-centre. Keep it in front of the right shoulder if you are a right-hander and the left shoulder in case you are a left-hander. Tilt the paper according to your requirement. Tilt to an extent so that its left and right edges are parallel to the forearm of the writing hand.
Adjust the paper so that you could match it with the comfort level of the other hand with which you are supporting it.
Light for writing
Have you ever tried to write in dark? You haven't, because it holds no meaning. Light is essential for writing. The way it comes is also equally important. If you are writing with insufficient light around, you will tire easily. Actually that would strain your eyes.
Where there is light, there is shadow. Be careful that the shadow of your hand with which you are writing shouldn't fall on the paper. Take care about the source of light.
If you are a right-hander, you need to take a place where light comes from the left side. In case, you are a left-hander light source should be on the right side. If you use a lamp, keep it in a manner that light doesn't let you feel any inconvenience while writing.