How to write in a straight line without lined paper?

  • I cannot write in a straight line unless I have lined paper to help guide me along the page. However sometimes the task calls for plain paper where no such lines are in place (i.e. a poster or some such).

    I usually write with a ball point pen. However, in the case of a poster, I use felt tip pen which is more susceptible to smudging if rubbed too much / too soon!

    How can I make sure that I am writing in a straight line without using lined paper?

    I have tried placing a ruler along the page but this messes up my handwriting and it looks a bit weird so I would rather try a new method.

    I can't write straight even with lined paper, so this question looks to me very subjective. Maybe more practice will help

    @vladiz Well... it is subjective - to me, as I am the one asking the question - **I** am the one looking for an answer - all questions are subjective to one person or another.

    Interesting question - graphologists always ask for a sample on plain paper - which way your handwriting slopes and the straightness or otherwise of the line of handwriting says different things about one's personality and mood. If you believe in handwriting analysis at all, it implies that most of us can't help the line going up, down or sloping generally

  • Julian

    Julian Correct answer

    6 years ago

    There a several options to create an invisible line to help you write:

    • Draw thin lines with a pencil and erase them afterwards. If you work with a soft pencil and without much force, the lines are easily erasable and you won`t mark the sheet.
    • If you are working on a poster, you could also provide a line with the help of a beamer/over head projector or some fancy laser liner. It should work best if you are left handed, since you otherwise cover the line with your arm/hand. Here is an example.
    • Also, you can work at the edge of a table or by placing a ruler under the paper. You will notice directly if you are not on the line. But it will be not beneficial for your style.

    Welcome to Lifehacks! Please post a new answer for each solution. Please also refrain from using product links*. Thanks!

    @Mooseman can we post several answers?

    @Mooseman, can I post youtube videos as an example like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0uHFinAc3w ? Is this better than a product link?

    @vladiz Yes. Each answer should only contain one solution. Multiple variations of a single solution should be only one answer, however.

    @Julian That would be acceptable -- as are links to articles on a type of product. However, your answer should still be able to stand on its own in case of link rot.

    @Mooseman I changed my text. i hope now it fits your one answer per post request, even if I cheated a bit :). I hope that`s more acceptable.

    @Julian It's still multiple answers or "several options".

    Sorry, if I was too blint, but now the dump question. I just read again the tour and the help center. Where is it stated, that I shouldn`t post multiple ideas in one answer? If I post 3 different answere it feels to me like begging for upvotes/rep by posting multiple small answers.

    It is a general policy to mainly have one answer to a question, but sometimes it is hard to give the ultimate answer, and if we should comment on it then let us do so on both answers to this question, because @Alex has also listed multiple options in his answer.

    @Julian The premise of every Stack Exchange site is that each solution is vetted vote so the best rise to the top. We first discussed it here in **this introduction to Lifehacks** post. Take a look here (for example): http://pets.stackexchange.com/q/7840/115. Different site, but I had several viable solutions to that user's problem, and nobody freaked out. It let the community and the author indicate which worked best. Nobody should think you are vying for rep if each solution is useful in their own right.

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