Feb 25, 2020

Prevent Hand Pain from Excessive Writing

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#*Make sure the pen writes smoothly, without skipping or dragging along the page.
 
#*Make sure the pen writes smoothly, without skipping or dragging along the page.
 
#*Avoid buying pens that rattle or leave behind blotches of ink.
 
#*Avoid buying pens that rattle or leave behind blotches of ink.
#*Light pens are easier to balance, making them more ideal for writing for longer periods of time. For pencils, try heavier grades of lead like 2B, which allow for lighter grips.<ref>https://ift.tt/39axXG7>
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#*Light pens are easier to balance, making them more ideal for writing for longer periods of time. For pencils, try heavier grades of lead like 2B, which allow for lighter grips.
#Grasp the pen loosely. Do not clench your fingers around the pen or grip it too tightly.  You don't need to strangle it—just pull it against the page. Imagine you're writing with a quill. Remember: people wrote for hours using quills, and they definitely weren't holding them tightly.<ref>http://www.pentorium.com/2014/02/24/preventing-hand-fatigue-during-long-writing-sessions/</ref>[[Image:Prevent Hand Pain from Excessive Writing Step 2 Version 3.jpg|center]]
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#Grasp the pen loosely. Do not clench your fingers around the pen or grip it too tightly.  You don't need to strangle it—just pull it against the page. Imagine you're writing with a quill. Remember: people wrote for hours using quills, and they definitely weren't holding them tightly.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRHxqfNSQ54</ref>[[Image:Prevent Hand Pain from Excessive Writing Step 2 Version 3.jpg|center]]
 
#*[[Hold-a-Pen|Hold the pen]] from the back, leaving more space at the side of it with the writing tip.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At2X5l7ncLU</ref>
 
#*[[Hold-a-Pen|Hold the pen]] from the back, leaving more space at the side of it with the writing tip.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At2X5l7ncLU</ref>
 
#*Fountain pens are ideal for most writers, as they don't require a lot of pressure against the page.
 
#*Fountain pens are ideal for most writers, as they don't require a lot of pressure against the page.
#*Avoid ballpoint pens if you're not comfortable with them, as their design requires you to apply more pressure against the page. They also tend to be made cheaply.<ref> https://ift.tt/39axXG7>
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#*Avoid ballpoint pens if you're not comfortable with them, as their design requires you to apply more pressure against the page. They also tend to be made cheaply.
#Write slowly when you start using new grips. If you've been using improper grip and are just beginning to get used to a new one, always start slow. It's going to take a while for your muscle memory to start developing, so work your way up to faster speeds only when you have your positioning right and your writing is neat.<ref>https://ift.tt/39axXG7>[[Image:Prevent Hand Pain from Excessive Writing Step 3 Version 3.jpg|center]]
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#Write slowly when you start using new grips. If you've been using improper grip and are just beginning to get used to a new one, always start slow. It's going to take a while for your muscle memory to start developing, so work your way up to faster speeds only when you have your positioning right and your writing is neat.[[Image:Prevent Hand Pain from Excessive Writing Step 3 Version 3.jpg|center]]
 
#*Don't get discouraged and switch to improper writing techniques, even if you're faster at them.
 
#*Don't get discouraged and switch to improper writing techniques, even if you're faster at them.
 
#Press the pen gently against the page. Get a good pen so you don't have to press hard, then pull the pen lightly and evenly against the paper. If you prefer to use a [[Make a Pocket Sized Pencil Drawing Kit|pencil]], try the next softest [[Add Lead to a Mechanical Pencil|lead]].[[Image:Prevent Hand Pain from Excessive Writing Step 4 Version 3.jpg|center]]
 
#Press the pen gently against the page. Get a good pen so you don't have to press hard, then pull the pen lightly and evenly against the paper. If you prefer to use a [[Make a Pocket Sized Pencil Drawing Kit|pencil]], try the next softest [[Add Lead to a Mechanical Pencil|lead]].[[Image:Prevent Hand Pain from Excessive Writing Step 4 Version 3.jpg|center]]
 
#*Try a gel or rollerball pen. If you write often for long periods of time, these are great investments. Some gel and liquid inks may also flow smoothly enough to help discourage you from clenching and pressing.
 
#*Try a gel or rollerball pen. If you write often for long periods of time, these are great investments. Some gel and liquid inks may also flow smoothly enough to help discourage you from clenching and pressing.
#Write with your arm, not your fingers. Writing is not drawing! Keep your hand and wrist still, and move your whole arm using the elbow and shoulder (like you are writing on a whiteboard). Avoid using your finger muscles—this might seem counterintuitive, but your fingers should only be used to support your pen or pencil.<ref>http://www.pentorium.com/2014/02/24/preventing-hand-fatigue-during-long-writing-sessions/</ref>[[Image:Prevent Hand Pain from Excessive Writing Step 5 Version 3.jpg|center]]
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#Write with your arm, not your fingers. Writing is not drawing! Keep your hand and wrist still, and move your whole arm using the elbow and shoulder (like you are writing on a whiteboard). Avoid using your finger muscles—this might seem counterintuitive, but your fingers should only be used to support your pen or pencil.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQbfGwZXGa0</ref>[[Image:Prevent Hand Pain from Excessive Writing Step 5 Version 3.jpg|center]]
 
#*The most common grip is between your first and middle fingers, using your thumb to hold the pen or pencil in place. Another grip is placing your middle and index finger on top, using your thumb to hold the pen or pencil in place.<ref>https://ift.tt/2LtjdcR>
 
#*The most common grip is between your first and middle fingers, using your thumb to hold the pen or pencil in place. Another grip is placing your middle and index finger on top, using your thumb to hold the pen or pencil in place.<ref>https://ift.tt/2LtjdcR>
 
#*Calligraphers (who are very practiced writers) hold their writing instruments with their thumb and forefinger, resting the pen gently on top of their forefingers' knuckle.
 
#*Calligraphers (who are very practiced writers) hold their writing instruments with their thumb and forefinger, resting the pen gently on top of their forefingers' knuckle.


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