Mirror-writing is something I’ve always been curious about. Da Vinci, Lewis Carroll, and other famous lefties had the strange ability to write in reverse.

Sometime in junior high, I was bored out of my mind, and decided I’d try to write in reverse. I picked up a pen, and started signing my name backwards. A few test sentences, and it seemed to be working out. I was on my way to an exciting, but totally useless past time!

My handwriting has never been stupendous, but I found that writing backwards stopped all those ugly pen (and chalk) smears, because my hand was pulling the pen, rather than pushing across the paper. A problem that most of my right-handed friends hadn’t really thought of.

I find cursive a lot easier than print, when writing in reverse, just because you don’t need to think about the breaks in between each letter. Thinking about the starting and stopping point of each letter causes me to freeze up. It seems to work best when I don’t think about it at all, and pretend like it’s the normal way to write.

There are a lot of neat reads out there on handedness, genetics, and mirror-writing:

ABC Science traces mirror-writing ability through genetics:


Mentathlete: Using Mirror Writing as a Mental Exercise


And of course, Wikipedia: