People wishing to improve their penmanship should slow down, focus on their movements and practice better letter forms. Writing practices to reform the bad habits that lead to messy or illegible handwriting are also helpful.
The tools used in writing are just as important as the writer. A pen needs to feel comfortable in between the fingers to write smoothly. Notebook or graph paper is useful for practicing letter forms.
Stretching out the fingers, wrists and hands prior to writing is helpful to loosen up the muscles. A light grip on the pen prevents hand cramps, and good posture aids in control of the writing utensil. A writer should guide the pen with his wrist and arm rather than his fingers. Retraining muscle memory takes patience and practice. Keep a daily journal to practice writing.