I used to have beautiful handwriting.
Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, when it was assumed writing in cursive was a necessary skill, I actually practiced my letters, trying out different capital “Gs” and inventing fancy swirls to go under my signature. If I ever needed to leave a mysterious letter in an old diary (I loved Nancy Drew), I was going to be ready.
But now, when I take notes for an interview, or just try to write a note for my daughter’s second-grade teacher, I stare at the resulting chicken scratch with the horror of someone not recognizing her own face.
My handwriting is not only terrible, my hand starts to ache if I’m writing more than a couple of paragraphs. The article talks about why your handwriting becomes worse, and that is because of lack of practice.
So, to improve my penmanship, I need to write more, but I don’t need to handwrite, so my penmanship gets worse. I don’t know if this is a bad thing, why practice a skill I never use?