View Full Version : National Handwriting Day Tuesday January 23

AW Admin
01-19-2018, 12:12 AM
I wrote about National Handwriting Day (http://absolutewrite.com/2018/01/18/january-23-national-handwriting-day/) for the AW blog. It's a day that the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association has sponsored annually since 1977.

I've been writing a lot by hand for the last year, because keyboarding hurts and sometimes it helps to alternate. And I don't have the world's greatest Internet access at present. I've been sending out a lot of postcards too the last year, in part because I'm away from from friends and in part because it's fun. There's a lot of emphasis on handwriting = cursive in the popular press. As a customary printer, I want to point out that printing counts, and that the earliest forms of writing preserved in European manuscripts were in fact "print" letters, that is, letters that are constructed to stand alone, rather than "joined" or cursive forms of writing in which the letters connect to each other.

That said, I've been working on improving my cursive, in part because it's good for brain-hand coordination, and in part, because I'm envious of my friends who have beautiful handwriting.

I'm planning on celebrating National Handwriting Day by sending out some extra cards, or more specifically, postcards. Anyone want to join me?

AWers who want a postcard, PM me an address.

01-19-2018, 12:36 AM
What a great idea!

AW Admin
01-20-2018, 12:23 AM
What a great idea!

When I was a kid, growing up on a dirt road in rural New Hampshire, the mail was the highlight of my day.

Sending people postcards and sometimes cards and letters last year very much brought that experience back to me.

Ari Meermans
01-20-2018, 12:32 AM
I picked up a postcard not long ago that I need to send out. I'll work on fixin' my chicken scratch and do that.

And, yes, this is a great idea!

AW Admin
01-23-2018, 07:55 PM
Today's the day; National Handwriting Day.

I'm sending out some postcards today, and more later.

I thought I'd mention that January 23 was chosen to mark National Handwriting Day because it was John Hancock's birthday.

John Hancock of sign your John Hancock, the signer of the American Declaration of Independence with the really large signature.

Marissa D
01-23-2018, 08:13 PM
Ha--John Hancock's birthday was the perfect choice!

I came of age (a few years before email) when letters were still a thing, so in college I wrote letters to my mother and high school friends, and hundreds of letters to my boyfriend (now husband)--long, multi-page letters usually written over the course of a couple of days. I rather miss that. And the dorms in my small women's college still had pigeonholes for mail rather than a campus center with PO boxes, so you could go partway down the stairs to the front hall area and lean over the banister to see if there was anything in your pigeonhole--also a highlight of the day.

I still do a lot of long-hand writing--it's a great way to prime the writing pump, as it were. Then I type it into my laptop, and that gets more words flowing.

01-24-2018, 05:08 AM
Sometimes I think it's a shame future generations of historians won't have a rich corpus of personal letters to understand the people of our era by. Then I remember social media, but I can't help feeling that it won't be exactly the same.

Personally, I haven't written a letter in about 25 years. I send the occasional postcard. My handwriting's a weird, impressionistic print/running hybrid that just kind of developed organically, and is mostly unreadable, even by me. It has its uses.

AW Admin
01-25-2018, 06:59 PM
Oh, heck, I'm dyslexic, and I print pretty much anything I hope someone else can read.

Our handwriting is so very personal that I think the fact that we take the time to send a card or note speaks volumes.

01-27-2018, 06:38 PM
Our handwriting is so very personal that I think the fact that we take the time to send a card or note speaks volumes.

IMO, it's also so rare to see it used for anything other than a signature or a cheque, that writing a card or letter is actually quite the gift for the recipient.

AW Admin
01-30-2018, 12:34 AM
Bumping this in case folks are interested in participating in InCoWriMo or International Correspondence Month (https://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?334327-InCoWriMo-International-Correspondence-Month&p=10347779#post10347779).