Writing Position

Slightly odd subject this week – your writing position. I mean your actual physical position.

You see, when I was a little girl and was learning to write I would rest my left arm on the desk, and then rest my head on my arm and write with my right hand. I was basically lying on the desk. I liked this position. I was comfortable and rested.

But my teacher told me off. You couldn’t drive a cat in that position so don’t write in it. Even at six I knew driving a car was not the same as writing so why couldn’t I do it comfortably? But no, I sat upright.

And that started a lifetime of bad back, hunching over the paper, sore wrists, terrible handwriting and being too tired to write after twenty minutes.

Recently I found myself sliding into the old position again. It was restful and comfortable. My hand seemed to suit the way it could glide over the paper now. My handwriting, not having to be forced into a an unnatural angle, became readable. I wrote for hours.

So the story is – don’t be fooled by all those books and diagrams who tell you a certain position is the right writing position. Find your own. Slumped in the chair, bouncing on a yoga ball, hanging upside down from the rafters. Whatever works best for you.

The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby

The Women Of Baker Street

Sent from my iPad

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