Handwriting, that is. In my few turns around the block I've established a few things, hey let's agree to call them 'facts' heh heh, that I believe are related:
1. Writers have dreadful handwriting, but designers have beautiful handwriting.
2. When writers were kids they hated colouring in, but when designers were kids, they loved colouring in.
Sweeping generalisations? Me? Allow me to continue with a few more, um, facts:
1. Designers want things to look good, therefore they care about what their handwriting looks like.
2. Designers have some innate artistic ability, therefore they are able to make their handwriting look good.
3. Writers couldn't care less what things look like, as long as they have time to write.
4. Writers couldn't care less what things look like, it's the contents that matter.
5. Taking three and four together, ergo writers don't care what their handwriting looks like.
6. Most writers have zero physical artistic ability. Apart from the ones that are artists as well, and you, my friends are a whole other group of talented beasties, of whom I am merely jealous. Anyway, for the rest of we mere mortal writers, our hands just don't cooperate.
Remember the colouring?
1. The future designer kids wanted things to look good, therefore they cared about keeping things between the lines.
2. The future writer kids got bored. Couldn't care less about the lines. Just wanted to get the darn things finished so we could go and do something else. Honestly, could anything be more boring than filling in a blank space with a blunt crayon? Yes, filling in two blank spaces with a blunt crayon.
3. Hours of devoted colouring strengthened the designers hands. Add in the natural ability, plus the caring - it's the perfect combo for beautiful writing.
4. The writers' hands remained weak and wibbly wobbly. Not only is our writing not beautiful, it's a wild scrawl.
I sooooo qualify to be a writer.
PS If you are a writer with beautiful handwriting who loved colouring in as a child, are you sure you're in the right profession?