I recently read this article in the Wall Street Journal about the decline of penmanship. The author argues that our crummy pens might be partial culprits in the lack of legibility for handwritten text. I have noticed that my writing does change depending on what kind of pen I'm using, but I hadn't ever thought about the whys and wherefores of it all. According to the article:
"Those struggling to write neatly should avoid rollerballs, according to Todd Craver, former owner of the recently shuttered Seattle pen and watch shop World Lux. "Rollerballs tend to cause your handwriting to deteriorate in appearance; they almost flow too quickly," he explained. On the flip side, ballpoints require writers to apply excessive pressure on the tip to get the ink to flow, which can have equally deleterious effects."
The article really lobbies for the use of fountain pens and goes through some features and price points. There are also some links to handwriting practice worksheets and tips about paper choice. It's a good read, and hopefully, will lead to some good writing!
P.S. The sharp-eyed amongst you may have spotted this new workshop. Perhaps it would be of interest if you're looking to get started writing with fountain pens, yes?