What's Your Angle?

Bear with me for a short experiment. Take a notepad, notebook, or even a sheet of paper. Write your full name, and your favorite color; like this "My name is Homer Bartholomew Simpson, and my Favorite color is...doughnut colored."

Ok, now here's the important part. At what angle is your notebook resting? (On it's back, obviously) but is it tilted at at 15 degrees, 25, 45 degrees or more?

The reason I'm asking is cos I have rather large hands, and as such write at a 45 degree angl + as a matter of course. That means I have to wrestle the notebook into whatever space I have, and note taking becomes a PIA.

One solution I found was to take a a half sheet of notebook paper at a 45 degree angle onto a full sheet of regular unlined white.

The result is the most comfortable notebook I've ever used. No more hand cramps, or mushed notebooks edges. My handwriting has improved for certain, and I think my hair just might be growing back. ;-)

So let me know what you think.


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My friends say that I can be rather obtuse at times but my wife thinks I am acute guy. I think she is right and thank her for her complementary commentarty, but then I would make a supplementary remark that our family has been so sad since we lost our parrot. The children cry, "Polygon !"

Seriously, I have no difficulty writing at any angle. But that's me. How 'bout the rest of you ?
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

We should take up arms

We should take up arms against those terrible puns! Here, I'll grab my schtick!

I am an invertibrate punster

... Spinelessly unable to resist a pun.

So slug me.


"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

I'm a lefty...

and I write at a 45 degree angle. I write at a 0 degree angle with my right hand, but then I can't read what I wrote. I guess everything is a trade off...

I'm a lefty...

I made a template for lefties and attached it to the original post. Let me know if it works for you, k?

All bad

All angles are bad for me, my handwriting is atrocious, but I normally write with a straight page, and a slanted pen (someone told me a vertical pen is better, does not work well for me).

Recently I discovered something unusual: writing with my arm raised above the page (with some padding under it) seems to significantly improve my handwriting! I am not sure of the reason for this. But this effect seems to work mostly if I am laying down or if the notepad is on my lap, not so much at a desk, though it helps some, still experimenting. Anyone ever heard of such a thing?

One of my daughters (who has wonderful handwriting) recently noticed that I write "up and down", as she put it. She felt that was significant, me, not sure it is any big deal.

left angle

I'm a leftie underwriter and my paper is tilted at about 25 degrees to the right of vertical.

Not sure what that means. Perhaps that taurus is transiting virgo? :D

Almost on the side.

When I write I have my notebook tilted so that it's almost on its' side. I absolutely cannot write with it straight. My handwriting is very good, and I've pretty much learnt not to mash the edges of my paper with my arm, but I can only use lined or squared paper-plain is useless. Even if I try hard, a line of writing that starts at the very top ends at least a fifth of the way down the page!

I am right handed. I think I write like that because of my eyesight-I am very shortsighted in one eye, and longsighted in the other. I am also disabled so my coordination isn't great, which may affect it.

And someone else will have to tell me about angles; I forgot all my maths long ago.

45 Degrees

or thereabouts seems to be where I tilt mine. I'm right-handed and have terrible joints, so comfort is key for me. I often torture myself by trying to write when I'm on the couch, resting notebooks in my lap. This is not pleasant. I do my best writing and my handwriting is best when I've got a notebook on a desk with plenty of space to tilt it.

If you think about it, it's just not natural for most people (note I said MOST) to write with the pad at a 90 degree angle because our hands don't comfortably rest at a 90 degree angle to our bodies.