An Observation: The Write Stuff

I’m sure any handwriting analyst would have a field day if they looked through my journals.

Have you ever taken the time to really look at your own handwriting? I look through old college notebooks and I’m stunned at how sloppy it’s become over the years.

What it really boils down to, though, is that I currently have two main styles of handwriting:

  1. The “I Have Plenty of Time To Write Because This Isn’t Too Important” style, and…
  2. The “I Have The Best Idea I’ve Ever Had In My Life And My Writing Can’t Keep Up With My Brain” style.

Behold…Sample No. 1.

Neat, orderly, legible. Just like my writing all the way up through college.
Neat, orderly, legible. Just like my writing all the way up through college.

While it’s not as neat as my handwriting would have been when I was, say, 14 years old, it’s still dramatically better than the stuff I usually write down most of the time these days.

And that brings me to Sample No. 2.

Starting...to...trail...off...
Starting…to…trail…off…

This one just screams, “Ohmygosh! I just saw someone holding a sign by the side of the road and what if they were part of a traveling band and this would make a great story idea so I’d better write it down before it slips my mind and what if they also didn’t own a pet–just a plastic cactus–as one of their little personality quirks but they actually fed and watered it and dsifouwnoiuwn…”

However, I have recently begun wandering into some new handwriting territory. There’s the “Quirky Thought But I Still Have To Write It On Whatever Scrap Of Paper Is Within Reach” style…

Sloppy, written on a scrap of old wrapping paper, and definitely wandering into absurd territory...
Sloppy, sideways, written on a scrap of old wrapping paper, and definitely wandering into quirky territory. (Is square root beer a thing? Someone needs to let me know. Whether it is or not, the idea materialized and I guess I just had to write it down.)

And the “Yeah, I’m Done” style…for the days when writer’s block strikes.

Hey, at least I wrote something.
Hey, at least I wrote something.

If my handwriting starts to morph into Morse code, it might be time to start recording my thoughts.

Author: Sara

Writer, humorist, photographer, knitter, bookworm, musician, and teacher.

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