Do You Handwrite Letters?

Earlier today I had to fill out some forms by hand and noticed that I no longer seem to have any stamina for writing. After a relatively short time my hand began to ache and I wondered why these forms weren’t online. As I silently cursed the unknown person(s) who was responsible for this I thought about how bad my penmanship is.

Somewhere in the archives is a post that I wrote about this topic, my penmanship that is. I’ll save us both the time of searching for it by summing it up. My penmanship was never great, but it was relatively legible. If I had to choose between cursive and printing I always chose and still prefer to print. It is easier for me and I have fewer concerns about whether people will be able to read my writing.

So dear reader I am curious to learn if you still handwrite letters or does most of your communication take place electronically.

Inquiring minds want to know.

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11 Comments

  1. TheJackB August 30, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    A handwritten note is taking on more and more importance. There is something special about it.
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  2. Frume Sarah August 30, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I despise my penmanship. Always have. However, I continue to journal by hand because I want my children to see a personalized version of my words and not just on a screen. Also, I handwrite thank you notes, condolence notes, and the like. My grandmother's (z"l) recent death definitely reinforced this lifelong habit; there is nothing like a handwritten note or letter.

  3. TheJackB August 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    you are right- it is really rare to receive anything that is handwritten. There is something nice about getting an "old fashioned" handwritten letter.
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  4. Smitty August 25, 2010 at 2:18 am

    I do a lot of handwritten writing, still filling journal after journal with usable material that rarely gets typed up. I was so badly shamed for my handwriting in grade school that I decided to rebel when I got in college. It was wonderful to find that most scientists printed. Finally found validation. And so I print in all of my journals, lists and calendars.

    I do a lot of writing and correspondence on the computer, yes. But still I write handwritten correspondence, at least one a week. We're talking short letters.In a flowing black pen, often spontaneous. The only letters I edit now are the ones I send my parents (finally realized that with them, spontaneous equaled misunderstanding.) And I really don't mind any more if people don't reply. Most people don't write mailable letters anymore. But still, for me, there is joy in taking a letter or card to the mailbox, addressed in my own hand, and putting up the flag, waiting for the postman to pick it up, and allowing real time to pass between my house and its destination.

  5. Rose August 17, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Heaven help me if I ever have to do a book signing. My penmanship looks like I'm in preschool. lol

  6. TheJackB August 17, 2010 at 7:03 am

    It is a lost art, that is an excellent way of describing it. There are some fragments of my hand writing floating around, but not that many.
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  7. TheJackB August 17, 2010 at 7:03 am

    I stopped writing in cursive about 20 years ago- just couldn't read it. I do hand write notes occasionally- but not real often. All depends on the occasion.
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  8. TheJackB August 17, 2010 at 6:58 am

    A hand delivered love letter is a work of art that is well worth the time.
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  9. One Wink August 16, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    My handwritten correspondence has lessened greatly since I discovered email and online blogging but I still do a fair amount. Mostly in holiday cards but now and then I will write letters to older relatives and friends who don't have email. It's becoming a lost art and it's one of those things that I refuse to give up. I'll be leaving plenty of hand-written journals for kids and grand kids to try to decipher after I'm gone. I do find that my wrists and fingers don't have the stamina they once did …
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  10. twistedxtian August 16, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I do still hand write letters. My style is a mix of cursive and printing, something that developed out of necessity in university when I couldn't read my cursive, but printing was too slow.

    I like to do thank you notes which I like to do by hand, as well as cards (birthday, anniversary, etc.) as I like to write a little note in.

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  11. tobeme August 16, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    The only letters I write by hand are love letters and they are normally hand delivered. Everything else I write is on the computer. In fact, if I used 6 postage stamps so far this year that would be a lot. I don't mail anything that I don't have to. Every bill is paid on line.

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