Love it or hate it, writing with pen and paper is here to stay. And with annual events like National Handwriting Day helping the art form make a comeback, now is a great time to upgrade your handwriting skills. Whether you want to work on your calligraphy and cursive, perfect your signature or simply unplug from the digital world for a while, let this January 23rd act as your excuse to do so.

In typical Writing Wednesday fashion, we have turned to some of our favourite writers for inspiration. Why not practice your handwriting by copying out some of these thought-provoking quotes on the pains and triumphs of writing by hand? Of course, the real challenge is trying to write them out in a new style, and one that matches the theme of the quote!

Mokokoma Mokhonoana (graphic designer, social critic)

“A bad handwriting is as annoying to a reader… as an irritating voice is to a listener.”

Mir-Ali Khoravi (calligrapher)

“There are five virtues: accuracy, literacy, a strong hand, industriousness, and the perfect writing utensils.”

Jarod Kintz (author)

“My writing looks like it’s ten steps behind my mind, and racing to always catch up.”

Handwriting Day

Edward Johnston (“Father of Modern Calligraphy”)

“Be faithful to precision, neat handwriting, and authorship.”

Toba Beta (author, economist)

“Handwriting enables civilization.”

Ralph Hodgson (poet)

“The handwriting on the wall may be a forgery.”

Hermann Zapf (typeface designer)

“Calligraphy is the most intimate, private, and spontaneous expressive means. Like a fingerprint or voice it is unique with every person.”


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