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7 reasons your handwriting is terrible!

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Do you have terrible handwriting? Is there anything you can do about it? First thing to do is identify the reason why your handwriting is so bad. See which of these reasons may be the reason you are having problems. Eitherway, the answer is a bit of analysis and some solid practice! with award winning illustrator, Shoo Rayner. Twitter http://twitter.com/shoorayner Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/117947137150973770218 Facebook http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=750207845 Website http://www.shooraynerdrawing.com music by http://www.youtube.com/cleffernotes
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Michael Gowland (1 hour ago)
Wow, a kindred spirit. Every problem you describe having, I have exactly the same - except my handwriting is even more illegible than yours and I have been known to miss out sentences or more because I thought them but my hand never actually got them down. One thing I did notice when you were talking about finding a rhythm and slowing down, I watched a video by a really good calligrapher and I noticed that he really did have a rhythm, not just a flow - he would stop very slightly just before each stroke of the pen giving a pulse to his writing. I have been trying that and it stops one of the things we both do, starting to write the next letter before you have finished the one you are already writing (I have another even weirder one, on the first slanting downslope of the capital letter "M" I unconsciously try to insert another small capital "M" creating a wiggle, or even the full letter in the down slope). A great video, nice to see I am not the only one to have all these issues.
gguckieandchim223 - (6 hours ago)
I write in hangul as im korean and when i write english my writing neater than my korean im am not sure why this but it confusion me sometimes..
Your worse enemy (1 day ago)
reason 2 you are just lazy _ that cane be said about any thing in life
A Person (2 days ago)
Im 11 and i hold my pen very weirdly but i have really nice cursive weiting i always type things........strange
aneseed (5 days ago)
Excellent.. thankyou so much for your honesty. I will show my kid this later, who is very bright but has hand writting problems.
Kelly França (11 days ago)
The Joker (12 days ago)
Man I write like a fucking 5 year old at the age of 17 years old I need jesus 😩
The Joker (11 days ago)
Shoo Rayner thanks bro I got you
Shoo Rayner (12 days ago)
Try swearing less and practicing a little more. You'll be amazed by the results :)
Cloud 999 (17 days ago)
I am a girl and i have a terrible handwriting. I heard many times that my handwriting is so terrible, people said that straight to my face. It gives me more anxiety to fill papers in front of people. No matter how hard i tried to make it beautiful, i can't.
Apex Army (22 days ago)
I had reason 1 and 2 .-. Now I have bad handwriting ;-;
FBI (26 days ago)
I have shaky hands.
Jess Gent (1 month ago)
When I look at my handwriting, I think it’s quite good but other people always say it’s awful. I practice literally every single day even after leaving school. It’s so annoying.
Dr. Apple (1 month ago)
Be my dad you beautiful Brit.
Shoo Rayner (1 month ago)
lol :)
Gidwens Moline (1 month ago)
Anywhere I can relearn how to handwriting mine is so fucking terrible even my teachers say to work on it
Legends Always Die (1 month ago)
In highschool I realized I was holding my pen wrong. I changed the way I held it, and my handwriting changed completely. Not Beautiful, but legible. I write as fast as a think, but that makes me sloppy. Also I get my letters mixed up so I have spelling errors. I also never learned to properly type so I prefer writing by hand.
Memphis Johnson (2 months ago)
On the 7th reason he said 8th
Memphis Johnson (2 months ago)
Shoo Rayner i am and thanks for the information
Shoo Rayner (2 months ago)
Just making sure you are paying attention! :)
Khando Lama (3 months ago)
When you are 7 years old how much position do you take?
Katherine Roach (4 months ago)
I was taught to join at primary school - It became a habit and in year 6 I started not joining and then I got into trouble for and now I’m year 7 I don’t join and I feel like a rebel
Jl Dekha (4 months ago)
I hold my pen very hardly and I can't control it.
ItzKyvzy (4 months ago)
I think I’m the 7nth reason my math teacher is like blwahahahahah blawahah and number 8
TitanElectrons (4 months ago)
I am so jealous because in my school, they teach handwriting from first grade. I am in 7th grade, but their handwriting is so much better than mine. I would have got good handwriting. But I stopped practising in 2nd Grade because I had to go to another school.. :(
Shashank Katiyar (4 months ago)
Try different style? Probably the reason why my handwriting went to shit in first place. I write straight then leaning to left and then right and again straight...and just get tired of trying. I think I just hate writing.
matt Marshall (5 months ago)
But if my handwriting has NEVER improved in the like 20 years of writing how will my drawings ever improve
FILIPINO MEMES (5 months ago)
People in my school used to call me the legend because my handwriting was so bad my classmates cant even read it but the teachers can read it because i keep my stuff private so i design my hand writing to be bad but the teachers will understand
Shoo Rayner (5 months ago)
lol :)
Justin Mueden (5 months ago)
My hand writing is so bad
ChaoticDucky (5 months ago)
I clicked on this video already knowing why my handwriting is bad, I hold my pencil in a very strange way. *Sigh*
Humes Knife (6 months ago)
Dyslexia affects your spelling and sentence forming but not your handwriting itself. What you're thinking of is called dysgraphia
well people won't like my comments and i will use Caps Lock if people dont like my comments.....
jd jade (6 months ago)
mine aren't illegible....just messy, have no time for pretty, that's why in class students be asking for the other half of the sentence from the teacher but i already got it down...i can write neat. but i have no specific way of forming my letter they always change and are very simple
Debbie Boulier (6 months ago)
1 disleyic 2 spcific learning disability 4 hard grip Mind goes faster than hand. Bad spelling. My hand writing improves dramatically when I copy and spell it correctly when copying . So slowing down and spelling correctly. Thank you for the understanding of why.
The Perfectionist (6 months ago)
Or maybe you could be dyspraxic and you can't do anything about it....
Shoo Rayner (6 months ago)
Nonnonbutlove (6 months ago)
My handwriting is worse than my third grade students it's embarrassing lol.
Nonnonbutlove (6 months ago)
Lol.Why do I feel like he's laughing at me lol.
DragofFlame YT (7 months ago)
i tried to write nicely but it still turns out bad:/ im always wished that i have neat handwriting like the other girls. im always so ashamed to show my work to my friends or when the teacher wants to show my work on the visualizer or sth.thats why id rather type out a letter or a birthday wish to my friends and family:) i find that the reason my handwriting bad might be because of my weak hand/wrist. im not sure tho, thus im looking for reasons why my handwriting is bad.
DragofFlame YT (6 months ago)
Shoo Rayner thanks:(
Shoo Rayner (7 months ago)
Its all about practice :)
Hamilton.Is.Life (7 months ago)
I was homeschooled 1-2 grade. 3-7 was a boarding international like school, now I’m in public school. My handwriting is awful. I’m not dyslexic, and yah
matt Marshall (7 months ago)
I just rewrite a simple sentence over and over to improve mine but I LOVE ALL YOU SHOOBY DOODLERS
AwesomeCatGirl playz (7 months ago)
My teacher is strict about handwriting and I have bad handwriting depending on my mood tho
Alex Standridge (7 months ago)
When i write for long periods of time the side of my middle finger gets irritated
Patricia (7 months ago)
i have B s because of my ugly writing -.-
Shoo Rayner (7 months ago)
Then spend some time on your handwriting and get As! :)
Dr Pooja (8 months ago)
Nice video sir..
Youtube Comment Support (8 months ago)
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Danny Cheek (8 months ago)
I have awesome handwriting but rarely have time in college to write clearly. Therefore I write like a doctor.
Gamina Wulfsdottir (8 months ago)
There is only one reason why your handwriting is terrible: you need practice.
Lanova Maniac (8 months ago)
My handwriting is bad because I am a lefty.
Joel Sanchez (8 months ago)
2 of the reasons apply to me and my uncle has a big problem with my hand writing, its a pain. the reasons are the first on the list and that i think ahead too fast. my uncle wants me to not just write better but EXACTLY like him which pisses me off a lot
Shoo Rayner (8 months ago)
lol - He wants you to be a little me!
junior diwas (9 months ago)
I am just practising handwriting from 8 years but yet there's not any improvement.its bad still. I cant write any of alphabet fastly my hands stopped to work . If i go slow they seen clearly for short period after a little bit time they seen same.....what can i do plz ...suggest me
junior diwas (9 months ago)
Shoo Rayner i have more expectation from you rathat than i had in myself soo plz notice me and my mistakes
junior diwas (9 months ago)
Shoo Rayner yaa in those 8 years i had almost did everything...but i am lagging behind one idea from which i am far beyond and i am not able to jugde it ....what can be my mistakes ????
Shoo Rayner (9 months ago)
sounds like you may be trying too hard! Have you tried holding your pen in a different way?
Christian vega (9 months ago)
My Handwriting Isn't Really Bad Just Very Inconsistent At Times Lol
Yoginee murday (9 months ago)
Every one laugh in my hand writing i really want to improve my hand writing 😔😔😔
Emma O'Reilly (9 months ago)
The reason mine is bad is because I have Disprachta (Can't spell it )
Salvatore Escoti (9 months ago)
i am 44 but my handwriting is terrible. I write like a 7 year old.. I always hated handwriting. I am not dyslexic.
Kalvi Animations (10 months ago)
I have problem with just... stoping sometimes and then trying to follow it up but I always mess it up
TheBoltMaster (10 months ago)
Well i'm a procrastinator who 99% of the time is typing rather than writing and i am smart so my brain thinks faster than my muscles, so i have bad handwriting(for the most part) and it depends on my adrenaline and mood and what pen i'm using! In a writing exam i am panicking trying to write quickly and i end up with all the words stuck together and the teacher can't tell apart the words
Jada K (10 months ago)
Since I draw alot I always tell people "My handwriting sucks because I draw too much XD"
Jada K (10 months ago)
Shoo Rayner I know I need more practice^^ I'm going to start thanks to your video :)
Shoo Rayner (10 months ago)
that's an excuse for not taking your time and practicing a bit! :)
AllThatKazz (10 months ago)
I hold my pen really differently to others. My teachers made me hold it another way than what felt natural. For years my handwriting was terrible. When I gave up the standard pen-posture, my writing became one of the consistent things I am complimented on.
AllThatKazz (10 months ago)
Shoo Rayner (10 months ago)
rules are there to be broken :)
Stylish Writer (10 months ago)
very nice. Please watch my writings here : https://youtu.be/gXyFwl3dQyM
elemenop (10 months ago)
Lisa Kpop (10 months ago)
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Christ In Me301 (11 months ago)
People make fun of my hand writing 🤐
Shoo Rayner (10 months ago)
then is must be remarkable :)
Jada Baimbridge (11 months ago)
My handwriting is illegible, when I write the speed of my thoughts I join words. I hold my pen that way and I write a lot, normal people can't read them
Emery Hoffman (11 months ago)
Anyone else notice the thumbnail?
Shoo Rayner (11 months ago)
Lol - no on noticed that - many thanks - I've changed it :)
Kennan Dunn (11 months ago)
My handwriting completely stopped improving in second grade, I’m in my second year of college now and absolutely despise the handwritten portion of finals.
ArgoBoyBG68 (11 months ago)
I don't have bad writing. I have coded writing.
Dominic Tabuzo (11 months ago)
I have an essay exam I've been waiting for it in 3 yrs I'm not sure if I have the confidence to take it because of my ugly handwriting :( im 23 my handwriting has been bad since I was little.
Shoo Rayner (11 months ago)
Just take your time and do a bit of practice if its not too late! good luck
Devrek Wassupi (11 months ago)
I bet he’s a great dad
Hassan Shafi (11 months ago)
Do lefties have bad handwriting cuz i do
Lil Broomstick (1 year ago)
Ive noticed that people that look like they have low self esteem or are introverts have bad handwriting
Lil Broomstick (1 year ago)
My handwriting was way better in kindergarten than right now and I'm in 8th grade
AFROPAGES (1 year ago)
I was so scared of that teacher
Kishore Kumar (1 year ago)
i need every single letter of your handwriting
Tiny Ruffles (1 year ago)
It worked NOT
David Ewing (1 year ago)
I don't know why but I had to sub to this channel immediately!
Brenda Collins Deeks (1 year ago)
I think writing too fast is one of my problems but I also struggle with hand tremors. Do you have any suggestions for compensating for the unsteady hand without gripping the pen or pencil too tightly?
Shoo Rayner (1 year ago)
have you tried a chunky pen or grip holders for pens and pencils?
Sabrina Rosa (1 year ago)
My hand writing sucks like people expect girls to have good hand writing and I write like a boy 😂😂 it sucks
keylimedie (24 days ago)
What does a boy write like?
LyRi (1 year ago)
oh you have no idea, my teacher called me a doctor and guess what a doctor read my handwriting and couldnt read it, also the teachers all hate me bc they cant check my work in peace, one even wont check unless i read it out loud to her. but its strange, im 16 and ive had very different handwritings, am i having personality problems ever since i was little? lmao.
Rey (1 year ago)
I remember 25 plus years ago my mom had a really bad time trying to figure out a way so that I could learn to have a good handwriting, she would buy me books and send me to take classes, after none of those worked one day she gave out saying, don't worry son one of day you will have technology good enough where you don't even have to write with your hands. And here I am writing on my keyboard. 😋
Sachin Rajak (1 year ago)
In home my while l m writing its good but in exam centre my handwriting is getting so worst my hands has been getting stop Nd I got anxiety Nd panic what should I do. 😢😢😢😢😢😢please help me
Therri Realides (1 year ago)
hello how to signature my name jenefer oralde? I hope you see my comment
Hydrogen Peroxide (1 year ago)
I'm in my late teens and have handwriting similar to a 6th grader.
SthiffGamerz (1 year ago)
Since I had arthrithis from a very young age I never learned to write properly. I've been using a computer since I got the diagnosis, and that's my excuse. Is there anyone who can help find something that can teach me how to write? When I write for hand it's awful. I really struggle with keeping letters constant and it's almost impossible to read what I write. Making the lines between the letters, getting the H(h) and N(n) right, U(u) and V(v). I can't write at all.
SthiffGamerz (1 year ago)
I did try them earlier, but I never found them very uncomfortable to hold. It might be that I have to practive on certain letters. But I think I just have a lack of knowledge on how to write. Many years of not caring about learning how to write. But as of late I realized that not beeing able to write properly have limited me in many ways.
Shoo Rayner (1 year ago)
Have you tried pen holders or special shaped, chunky pens and pencils that kids with holding difficulties sometimes use. Then I think it comes down to patient and daily practice!
Mia Fitzpatrick (1 year ago)
I am reason number 2. I am lazy. I never lift up my pen/pencil and I do it rly fast, so it is like a messy cursive 😂
Patrick Star (1 year ago)
When I saw the thumbnail I shouted ME! In school
huoliang chen (1 year ago)
一too many ideas during school and teacher yell to much to remember every single word
teen talk (1 year ago)
I know why I can't write well at all I can't see crap I'm legally blind...
Shoo Rayner (1 year ago)
That doesn't help. I think there are sort of wire guides that can be useful? found the two sites https://www.maxiaids.com/writing-guides http://www.visionaware.org/info/everyday-living/essential-skills/reading-writing-and-vision-loss/signing-your-name-and-handwriting/1235#tips
Cara McAspurren (1 year ago)
I'm 14 and My writing is so horrible because I have dyspraxia and it's horrible😒
RoseJohnWald DI (1 year ago)
My hand writting is not good because Im writing fast but if it is slow Its good 😂
I think my handwriting is bad because I think really fast so writing is a breeze, but I write fast to keep up with my thoughts so it gets sloppy. I'm good at drawing though.
KawaiITaco 369 (1 year ago)
Reasons number 1 and 2 are pretty much my reasons. My school stopped teaching handwriting, and I never liked the booklets we had to do anyway
Max Davies (1 year ago)
I am left handed when I write but right handed for most other things. Most people tell me I have bad hand writing and I know I have bad hand writing. I have never joined my letters because I don't know how and I can't read it if I do hahaha I can't read people's hand writing if it's joined. I don't like to write a lot anymore because I find it hard I like to write stories though. I am 15 and yeah it's sad :( a strange thing is, is that we have to copy stuff Down that's on the board and I never get to finish it even though I write pretty fast. I am very fast at typing and I don't make many mistakes while typing so I prefer to use a computer.
Meghan Washington (1 year ago)
ooo 4th reason correct lol no wonder i get hand cramps while writing
Shoo Rayner (1 year ago)
Relax :)
Kindred Watcheston (1 year ago)
My school board says"handwriting is not use full anymore"
Shoo Rayner (1 year ago)
Your School Board are idiots! :)
Leo Navarrete (1 year ago)
The letter f can be troubling.
Hulagu (1 year ago)
I have terrible handwriting but oddly i'm a great artist.
Bob (1 year ago)
I have pretty basic handwriting. It's very neat but boring, almost exactly as I'm taught. I really want to get special and unique handwriting!!
Bob (1 year ago)
Shoo Rayner I've already started naturally writing letter M, W, and Y in a more round way. It's look less boring!
Shoo Rayner (1 year ago)
Then you have to work at it and develop it and practice every day! good luck :)
rajat jain (1 year ago)
in exam i so much nervous that i just cant write and i have so much practiced it but it does not improve that i can write fastly please give me suggestion
يوسف محمد (1 year ago)
is he trying to be funny??😐😐
Vesta Teiserskyte (1 year ago)
My handwriting is shit. My hand can't keep up with writing as fast as my thoughts go. When i dont rush my handwriting ( which is basically rarely ) it does look decent and i have noticed that due to me rushing my handwriting i end up missing whole words or single letters that give different meaning to the word when a letter is missing. I am right handed and i hold the pen/pencil in a 'proper'ish way. I also relized that the way i write an 'f' changed into looking more like the way 'I' write a pound sterling just without the bottom line
Seag (1 year ago)
ADHD made me 9 years behind of my handwriting
Shoo Rayner (1 year ago)
I can believe that! :) I've only just realised that was my problem!
keena M (1 year ago)
I had decent hand writing growing up, when I caught up with technology and typing. my handwriting went down the drain. and yup i think faster than i can write which is causing me to look as if i was dyslexic. some times i flip the order of the letters or i skip some altogether. its interesting what typing does to you.
Shoo Rayner (1 year ago)
That's a whole issue with handwriting that doesn't fit in with the education system very well :(
skye (1 year ago)
The worst part is that the teachers shout at you for being slow, but then they scream at u for writing untidy.
Explodingmoons (1 year ago)
I often feel when writing that I don't have time And so every paper I work on looks like blue letter vomit.
Shoo Rayner (1 year ago)
Then you really need to work on calming down and flowing rather than vomiting! :)

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