When I want to write something; English or Chinese (It doesn’t matter), I don’t usually “write”, I “type”. Even though most writing nowadays can be done on the computer, Writing with pen and paper is still as important. The last time I really practiced my Chinese handwriting/calligraphy is when I was 7, after that, I dropped out of school and focused on other subjects.
So even though I’m 12, my Chinese handwriting skills stayed more or less the same for 5 years. Not to say there’s no improvement, it just lagged behind compared to some of the subjects (like Math and English). Most of the time, when I had to write something down, I would use English instead of Chinese.
When I was little, I didn’t practice much because my hands where little and couldn’t hold the pen/pencil while still having much control, and it would take a lot of time and effort to practice. But now that wasn’t a problem anymore. First I focused on calligraphy, even though I don’t intend to write like that, it’s still an essential step. I bought some calligraphy books with Chinese characters in them that I can trace. After using the book for a month, I switched to writing characters myself, without tracing. Nearly all Chinese characters are made up of the same building blocks, so if I picked a single character and mastered it, all the other character consisting of the same building blocks would also be mastered. And that’s what I did.
I could see some small improvements along the way, but as of now in 2019, I am copying sentences from books and articles and writing about 4 sentences a day. With this method, I could see that I’m definitely improving a lot day by day.
Practicing Chinese handwriting for me was pretty hard, and not a very fun experience, so sometimes I was lazy and procrastinated. Truth be told, it’s still a problem to this day, but I’m realizing that practicing is getting easier the better I get, so that’s some good news for me!