FIRMLY GRASP IT

I always knew that I didn’t quite hold writing implements correctly; at least not the way those rubber pencil grips taught us in kindergarten. Instead I opted for the 3 finger pincer technique. Recently though, I was reading a book which explained why the “proper” pen/ pencil holding technique is the way it is. My way of gripping the pencil between my index finger, middle finger, and thumb activates the flexor muscles and leads to more rapid fatigue. In proper technique, the pencil simply rests on the middle finger and is held in place by essentially the natural position of the hand.

Now that I’ve been writing this way for the past few weeks, it’s hard for me to go back. It feels weird to write in my old way. And to think, I might have gone the rest of my life with bad handwriting technique.

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