Jonathan Townsend wrote:Would you be more specific? I'm not exactly happy about having bad handwriting.
As Dick pounted out above, you missed out on penmanship training in elementary school. When we were students in elementary school learning to read and write, we each had little writing books for practice. An example of each letter was shown and below the example were lined places for us to write the letter over and over and over and over.....
As our skills progressed, we moved up to connecting letters, copying complete words, and finally short sentences.
I clearly remember being in the third grade when the old cast iron and wooden desks with their ink wells were removed and replaced by modern sterile looking fiberglass individual student desks. It was a sad day for public education.
Most of us proudly took care of our fountain pens. I was especially fond of my snorkel pen. It was a beauty. Unfortunately, when in high school working as the church carillon player, it fell out of my shirt pocket and through the cracks in the floor boards of the old the bell tower. I'm sure it is still there. I loved that pen. I replaced it with the much inferior new fangled cartridge loading pens.
To learn to write well, is to master the fountain pen. For right handed people, this should be a breeze because the movements with the pen in forming characters are a dagging/flowing movement. This is a natural movement for fountain pens and the ink just flows onto the paper.
Lefties like me had a much more difficult time as we need to push the pen nib rather than draw it naturally. The pens were not made for this motion nor was the writing system designed for lefties. This is why da Vinci wrote in a mirror script - for ease of writing.
To develop good penmanship requires practice. Rather than spending hours making all of your tens of thousands of postings on forums, you could be practicing your penmanship. You need to practice writing well on every document you set pen to - everyone. If you really want to improve, you can do so. The question is whether or not you have the will power.
I took a calligraphy class back in the 1980's and the same technique was used to learn the shapes of the letters. I practiced on everything from post cards to checks. Eventually, even my left handed calligraphy was acceptable.
If you have poor handwriting, are upset about it, and do nothing about it, it is your own fault. On your own make up for what you missed out on in school.
If you learn proper letter control, using a nail writer is easy.
I look forward to less postings from you indicating that you have picked up a good fountain pen and are trying to improve your penmanship.
Stick with it and good luck.