A reader recently wrote me an email to ask me about getting a new fountain pen for exams, in the hope of increasing his writing speed.
Being a fountain pen user for some time now, I have come to accept the reality that fountain pens DO NOT improve your handwriting, as the myths go. Instead, you have to work from the root up, and focus on your own writing techniques first. There is only so much an expensive Mont Blanc can do for your handwriting, if you don’t change your writing habits. Well, in fact, it can do pretty much nothing. With an improved technique and practice, you can expect to write quickly and more nicely with just about ANY pen that you use.
In this day of cheap, commoditized ball-point pens and touch-screen devices, the emphasis on handwriting seems to be almost nonexistent. Even during my initial years of schooling, penmanship lessons involved mainly tracing out alphabets in guidelines, and I recall nothing about holding a pen the correct way. So I believe that is the reason why people nowadays grip pens instead of hold them. A pen is not the handlebars of your bicycle that you grip on to so tightly when you are about to fall off it! Here’s an article I read today which very nicely sums up what needs to be done to get back the proper habits of writing.
To face another reality: even though I have been using the fountain pen for so long, I have not changed my writing habits at all…
As they say, old habits die hard. But it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t keep trying… I should include this as one of my New Year’s Resolutions, huh?