How Do You Write Neatly and Fast?: 4 Key Tips

By Garrett Winn

Black Monroe Pen and Pencil Set in display case on journal

How Do You Write Neatly and Fast?: 4 Key Tips

By Garrett Winn

Sometimes it may seem impossible to write both neatly and fast. Neat handwriting is one of those skills that eludes many people. 

When trying to write fast, your handwriting ends up looking unreadable and messy. When you try to write neatly, it seems to take forever.

You may be frustrated and wondering - What is the solution? Is it really possible to write fast yet neatly? Let’s find out…

The 4 Best Tips to Achieving a Neat Handwriting When Writing Fast

How do you write neatly and fast?

  1. Use a comfortable pen grip

  2. Make your letters small, tall, and skinny

  3. Maintain correct posture

  4. Use the "arm movement method"



We'll take a closer look at each one of these key tips below!

Why Would You Need to Write Neatly and Fast?

There are some instances when you will have to write very quickly, yet legibly. Students for example often face this dilemma during lessons. 

If you are studying, you will need to be able to listen and take notes at the same time. Often, the speaker will not slow down and it’s up to you to keep up. 

They may also have to increase handwriting speed when answering tests or exams. With limited time, they need to record their answers as fast as possible. Being able to write quickly could be the difference between a pass and a fail.

Another instance is when you have a flash of inspiration and need to jot it down quickly.

Many creatives have this problem. They think of a brilliant idea and by the time they make a note, it’s forgotten. Quick handwriting skills would definitely come in handy in such situations. 

The Role of Your Pen in Maintaining a Neat Handwriting When Writing Fast

“The pen is the tongue of the mind.” -Horace

As Horace said, no matter how technologically advanced a society is, the pen is always present. It can never be replaced. 

When wondering how to write neatly and fast, you will need to find the correct equipment

Your pen will play a big role in the speed and legibility of your handwriting as well as handwriting style. 

 Key features to look out for in a ‘fast pen’ include:

  • Balance - Where does the weight lie on the pen? Is it towards the tip, the back or the middle? One way to check is to lightly hold the pen in the crook of your thumb and index finger.
    • There should be no excess weight towards one end.
  • Tip friction/pressure - The point at which the pen makes contact with paper should have minimum friction. It should allow for easy, quick ink-flow. 
  • Nib/writing point size - The thickness of the nib/writing point will determine speed. 
    • Tips between 0.7mm - 0.9mm may be easier to use but they result in larger strokes which take more time to complete. 

Use thinner tips for smaller letters (explained below). Fine point fountain pens and rollerball pens are the best when looking for a thin-tipped pen.

Neat handwriting on paper with Alexandria Fountain Pen
  • Fit - Your pen should have no loose or ill-fitting parts. The cap should close snugly and the clip should be able to snap back when tugged slightly. 

The ideal pens for ‘speed-writing’ are fountain and rollerball pens because minimal pressure is needed. The ink flow is constant and the light touch lets you write much faster. 

Take a look at this comparison table for various pens and their advantages. Each one has a different impact on your handwriting style.

Choosing the right writing style to help you write neatly fast infographic
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1.) Use the Most Comfortable Pen Grip

Everyone holds their pens differently and your grip is entirely personal. As long as it results in neat handwriting, no single grasp can be labeled right or wrong. 

Studies show that grasp patterns do not actually play a big role in handwriting speed. Experts, however, agree on these two methods of holding a pen:

1. The pen is between the thumb and index finger and the body of the pen rests on the middle finger. The ring finger and little finger are tucked into the palm. This is the most commonly used handwriting method, known as the dynamic tripod grip.

2. The pen is between the thumb and both the index finger and the middle fingers. The body rests on the ring finger. Known as the dynamic quadrupod grip, it is also widely popular and one of the most effective. 

They are accepted as a way to reduce strain on fingers and wrists and are the most popular grasp methods in handwriting techniques.

The lateral versions of these grips are also common in handwriting. The one major difference is the way the thumb crosses over the pen and touches the forefinger.

four mature pen grasp patterns for neat handwriting


However you hold your pen, you want to make sure you hold it lightly with minimal tension to ensure you maintain a neat handwriting throughout. 

A wider pen allows for a more relaxed grip so stay away from thin-barreled pens. These cause you to squeeze the pen causing unnecessary strain on fingers.  

2.) Make Your Letters Small, Tall and Skinny

You can increase your writing speed by decreasing the size of your letters. The smaller each individual letter is, the less time it takes to complete it. 

You do not want to decrease the letter size so much as to make your note illegible. Rather, a reduction of 10 - 15% is enough to increase your handwriting speed. 

It has also been found that it is easier for us to write up and down than side-to-side. This is because our fingers only bend up and down so sideways motions are more difficult.

Making your letters taller and skinnier is a way to reduce horizontal movements.

Another simple way to improve your handwriting is to use lined paper. The lines give guidance and are a way to keep the letters neat. 

3.) Posture

Your posture when writing will determine the amount of stress placed on your various muscles and thus influence the speed. 

If you have incorrect posture, your muscles will cramp, and inevitably, cause you to write slower. 

These tips outline what posture will help improve your handwriting.

• Both feet are flat on the floor.
• Knees are at a 90° angle.
• Your back is straight and slightly inclined towards the desk.
• Forearms rest in the desk with elbows at 90°.
• Non-writing hand holds onto paper at a 45° angle.
• Your neck and shoulders are relaxed.
• Whole body faces the desk directly.
• Paper tilted to the right (for right-handed people). The opposite applies to left-handed people.  

4.) Use the Arm Movement Method of Writing

According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the normal method of handwriting taught in schools often causes cramps as it uses the smaller hand muscles.

Another mode of writing known as the ‘American method’ is a movement of the full arm off the shoulder. It does however not lend itself to rapid writing due to the energy required to move such large parts. 

The best method for rapid writing is the ‘Arm Movement Method’. Here is a breakdown of how to use this method of handwriting. (Note: This is for right-handed people. If you ’re left-handed, just reverse the instructions to fit) 

• Place the center of your forearm on the desk, with the fleshy part taking the weight.
• Extend your arm behind the elbow over the edge of the table. 
• Rest your hand on the third and fourth fingers (or preferred pen grasp).
• Use your wrist and forearm to move across the page instead of just your fingers.
• Keep your elbow at an angle of more than 90° to avoid excessive flexion.

Although there are numerous Dos and Don’ts when it comes to correct positioning, the actual arm movements are key. If you want faster writing, try to use your forearm muscles to move across the page. Avoid relying on the delicate wrist and finger muscles.

Expert Tip: Cursive handwriting is often faster than print. More connected letters allow for a smoother and faster transition between words.

The table below highlights some techniques you can use to help you achieve neat handwriting:

Technique Description Effect
Proper grip Hold the pen with a relaxed grip Improved control, neater writing
Consistent size Maintain uniform letter size Enhances overall neatness
Posture Sit with proper posture Affects consistency and legibility
Line spacing Adequate spacing between lines Prevents crowding, enhances readability
Slanting Maintain consistent slant Contributes to a uniform and neat appearance

Finding the Right Pen for Fast Yet Neat Handwriting

We have seen that fountain pens and rollerball pens are the best for fast, neat handwriting.

Luckily, there is no need to spend hours trying to find the correct pen in your quest. We believe that handwriting is an art and should be treated as such.

That is why we offer a wide range of customizable pens that will enable you to write neatly, yet fast. Only the highest quality will do, as experienced by this happy customer.

"My son loved his pen. He said it wrote really well and the quality was better than expected. It was beautifully packaged ...." Cinthia F.


Our fountain pens offer a unique experience for both beginners and aficionados. The smooth ink flow and rich lines delivered by Dayspring Pens rollerball pens are unrivaled.  

Or check out some of our top everyday carry pens! And you can choose an engraved pen gift, if you're stuck for ideas.

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Helpful . You were speaking facts 👍


This was a very helpful article! I did not know that there was so much to writing fastly and neatly. Only one thing- the explanation of the Arm Movement Method was a bit confusing for me. It would help if they had a visual presentation.

Sindhuri Rajesh

Wow I did it because of your the thing you told me how to do it 🤣👍🥳🙏😊🥰👍✍🏻💪 thank you ☺️


Very good article. Simple and actionable advices. I would just argue about 1 thing. It says ‘’it has been found that it is easier to write up and down than side-to-side’’ because fingers
only bend up and down. Later, it says to use ‘’arm movement’’ for faster movement. I would argue that it is much easier to write side to side when using arm movement.

J-C Tessier

U have to not put cap on pen
Cap pen Mai lagake mat likho

U have to not put cap on pen

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