I’ve been studying Chinese for about a year and a half now. Chinese class saved me from a very repetitive, heavy course load, and it introduced me to a daily joy in my life: writing Chinese characters.
I have spent countless hours writing since I began this journey, and because I care a lot for stroke order and form, I have a very legible style of handwriting. I’m mostly happy with how my handwriting looks but,
I write too slow. I think this is because I am careful to a fault. What this means is that if I am not happy with how a character looks, I will erase it and write it again, sometimes numerous times even if I wrote it properly the first time. It has become a problem because although I do well on exams, I usually finish last, and I have on at least 2 occasions had to ask for additional time to take the exam. I find this pretty embarrassing. I’m not sure if there is a way to help with this problem, but I figured I’d ask anyway.
I feel like my handwriting doesn’t have personality. I see written Chinese, flowing and natural. When I compare it to my own, my handwriting feels stilted and mechanical. What are some ways you developed your own handwriting? Did you try to copy native writers’ character writing? Goof around with your handwriting on your own?
Here’s a sample of my handwriting. Feel free to share your own handwriting, or styles you really admire!