However, comma, it turns out that my nice handwriting does not carry over to Chinese. The other day I had to show my wife where I'd written our address in characters for her. She laughed and said, "It's fun to see you have messy Chinese handwriting."
The problem is, of course, that I have no idea how to write anything, so I'm constantly looking back and forth while I copy random line segments. Ideally, when I get around to knowing what I'm doing (assuming that ever happens), it will look nicer.
The times that I've had to show my Chinese writing to Chinese people, they have complimented me, but they've also laughed. A lot. Most recently, when I turned in a restaurant order with a handwritten request for "cold water" (which they honored with hot water, then tried to serve us beer, before finally bringing us iced tea, but not cold water), the waitress kept my handwriting sample at the register and showed it to all her coworkers when they walked past. Everyone had a good laugh that day. Except my wife and I, who had to drink hot water.