Is there a way to send typewritten Xmas letters with sentimental value?
December 11, 2013 8:55 AM Subscribe
I would like to send Christmas letters, including one to a girl I like. There's only one problem: I have terrible handwriting. It's really, really bad. I've worked on improving it my whole life, but my motor skills just can't seem to pick up on the knack of writing properly; my words honestly look like the scribbles of a child, and unless I take care are sometimes illegible to other people.
For this reason I much prefer typing things, but I feel that much of the sentimentality is lost if a letter is typed. Is there any way for me (through cool program, font, or other method) to send something that's typed that gives the same impact a written letter would?
posted by Kamelot123 to Writing & Language (24 answers total)
My brother and Dad have the same problem, perhaps due to the ADD we share. All of us are clumsy and have sloppy handwriting, but mine is probably the worst. My printing is bad, and don't get me started on my cursive.
Due to my atrocious handwriting, I've had to rewrite assignments in school, I've had to retake tests, you name it. I would often get the note on my report card "needs to take more care when writing," but here"s the thing: I was taking care. I am allowed to type for work, which is a blessing since I'm a competent typist. When I'm writing, it's not like I'm trying to rush things; I've tried slowing down, and although it is legible it still looks sloppy. I have a difficult time with other tasks requiring fine motor skills, such as art, as well.
My writing, I feel, is bad to the point where it interferes with what I am trying to say. No matter how heartfelt (and in the case of the girl, romantic) I try to make the card, it still looks like it was written by a second grader, and I tend to get frustrated.
Also, there is the matter of time; it takes me an inordinate amount of time to write a Christmas letter due to how carefully I try to write, and even then it looks like I rushed it and don't care. I've even tried taking my time and tracing cursive letters I had printed out online, but it doesn't look right and takes up a lot of time. I can literally spend an hour on a card, and I have too many to send to be using up so much time.
It has gotten to the point where I would like to eschew writing personal letters entirely and figure out a way to type them instead. With typing, I am able to get them done more quickly and convey my thoughts more eloquently, instead of sounding like a child. However, although typing is certainly a step up from email or a facebook post, it seems that some sentimentality would be lost through typing my letters.
Does anyone else have a similar problem? Are there any ways to type a letter with sentimental value? Maybe a cool font or program? Or maybe even programs that make it look like the card was typewritten? Are there any other possibilities that I haven't thought of?