Writing Resources You NEED to Know About

Many aspiring authors spend hours and hours, alone behind their computers tap, tap, tapping away. Then those hours turn into months, and of course, the months slip into years.

This is admirable. If I’m confident of anything, it’s that to be an author you have to be willing to spend hours of your life equivalent to entire years out of your life slaving away writing. I’m just for sure that you need to read at least just as much.

One thing that gets unfortunately overlooked by many is that you also have to be willing to leave your books and your computer behind sometimes. To engage others.

Not that you can’t be an introvert. Thousands of widely regarded successful authors were introverts. That’s is because in some way or another they were able to overcome, albeit sometimes only briefly, their restrictions and step outside of their comfort zones.

That’s because while writing can take many forms; journaling, hobbies writing, personal letter writing. Authorship is a profession, and that means that it falls within a business structure. No matter how sincerely you believe that Jack Kerouac went from nothing to a fantastic book within two weeks of boozing (which FYI, in reality, he didn’t). If you want to move books from shelves, you will need to approach the task earnestly. With a humble attitude that is open to working with others.

The business of writing, designing, editing, publishing, marketing, and selling your books requires a multitude of strangers. Regardless of whether you have a small budget, or you’re JK Rowling.

In fact, the small your budget, the approach is better suited to involving a large number of people each with small, potentially volunteer style task. For instance, having friends complete a narrative edit before giving it to a professional editor, to reduce the amount of paid time the editor has to spend on the manuscript.

For your first book, I highly suggest having a strong group of people who can offer various products, services, and insights to help you stay focused, motivated, and up-to-speed on the ever-changing self-publishing landscape.

Being a successful author requires a lot more than just writing a great book. You have to get into the weeds, be willing to change out of your writer’s cap and into a variety of other hats depending on where you are in the process.

You may not have the skills or willingness to tackle everything with your own two hands, and that’s why it’s so important to develop your own file of go-to resources along the way.

Here are 30 more resources to tap into along the way!

While this list is mostly self-publishing focused, if you’re going the traditional publishing route, you should still have a rigorous shift through them to make sure you are familiar with what is out there.

Useful Blogs and Sites

1. The Write Life

This workhorse blog is a one-stop-shop offering all you need to figure out how to work with clients, navigate the changing landscape of publishing, learn the ins and outs of social media, grow a following for your blog and find a community that will support you along the way. You’ll always find something useful for your book business here. Try not to get lost in the rabbit hole though. There is so much helpful information here I try to time my visits to make sure I’m not eating into my writing time!

2. Kindlepreneur

If you want to dig deep into the goulash of marketing your books, Dave Chesson of Kindlepreneur is your man. His strategies are groundbreaking. Every successful author has to wear many hats, and Dave shares his years of marketing experience and success to show you how to promote the heck out of your books.

3. The Book Designer

Joel Friedlander, the creator of The Book Designer, says “Writers change the world one reader at a time. But you can’t change the world with a book that’s still on your hard drive or in a box under your bed.” This embodies the Community Writer mentality. Joel gives you everything you need to get your book out of the box with a variety of self-publishing guides, advice, templates, and toolkits. With his experience in book design and advertising, Joel has the creds to help you produce and sell a great-looking book.

4. The Creative Penn

The Creative Penn is run by Joanna Penn, who has been wildly successful with fiction and nonfiction. In her blog and podcast, she covers every aspect of what it takes to start and run a successful author business. She also has a grab bag of books on various self-publishing topics if you can’t get enough on her blog.

5. Jane Friedman’s website

Jane has more than 20 years of experience in the book and magazine publishing industry, with expertise in digital media and the future of authorship. Her site is full of actionable content and detailed strategies for the aspiring author from someone who’s been there and done that many times over.

Podcasts Worth Your Time

6. Podcast – Neuralle (Uncommon)

Please forgive the shameless self-promotion here, but aside from the fact that I will be most likely appearing on this podcast at some point, Neuralle is a fantastic self-development podcast and in my humble opinion a must for any aspiring author or entrepreneur.

Past guests have included Venture Capitalists, Entrepreneurs, Chefs, Restaurant Owners, Body Builders, Strength Coaches, Activists, Winemakers, Filmmakers and many, many more.

7. Tim Ferris Podcast

This show is the first publishing-related podcast that I followed, and it’s still an all-time favourite. It’s hosted by Tim Ferris an American best-selling author, entrepreneur, self-proclaimed “human guinea pig”, and public speaker.

8. Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Every green writer should bookmark this podcast. With helpful and insightful tips on grammar and storytelling, Mignon Fogarty’s podcast is sure to help you improve your narrative and technical writing skills.

9. The Writer Files

Hosted by Kelton Reid, The Writer Files is a long-running podcast that delves deep into habits and habitats of famed writers. Reid interviews writers from a broad spectrum, giving each listener a chance to see into the mind of an accomplished wordsmith within their genre or interest.

Forums

10. Neil Gaiman Board

Neil Gaiman’s Official Message Board. Enough said.

11. Goodreads Groups

Goodreads is the mega-site (with over 20 million members) for authors and readers. They have more specific groups than you can count, and if you can’t find an answer or inspiration here, then it doesn’t exist. You might feel a bit overwhelmed, but here’s a smart article on using Goodreads to support your author business.

12. Scribophile

There are tons of writing forums out there to choose from, so I suggest you have a play with a few of them. This one works a bit differently which is why I like it though. Scribophile provides detailed and helpful critiques from a member exchange. The analyses you’ll get are so much more than just a pat on the back – you’ll get actionable ways to improve your writing.

Writing Tools

13. Scrivener

Scrivener is a powerful writing tool for authors that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring your documents. Get a free 30-day trial and watch some brief YouTube tutorials to get acquainted with the system quickly.

14. Grammarly

This proofreading application is an improved version of your standard spellchecking program. Just copy and paste blocks of text into Grammarly, and it will check your writing for common mistakes. The reason it’s better than most spellcheckers is that it provides useful feedback that will improve the overall quality of your book. You will learn a lot very quickly by taking heed of the side bar suggestions and explanations.

15. Hemingway Editor

Excellent writing is quite often straightforward writing, and Hemingway was the master at that. Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, your narrative should get to the point with simple language. With the Hemingway software, you will learn how to simplify your writing.

Book Publishing and Freelance Help

16. Archangel Ink

Archangel Ink is a one-stop solution for getting your book ready to publish. Archangel offers a range of services to help you with cover design, editing, formatting, audiobook production and much more. I feel that if you haven’t published before you learn a lot by manually going through the process of completing your manuscript via Scrivner, finding editors/cover creators via say Reedsy/Freelancer and then uploading it to KDP/Createspace. However it can be frustrating, so I completely understand throwing down some cash and handing of some or all of this to someone else. I’m currently considering using Archangel Ink to produce and audiobook for me.

17. 99 Designs

This is a service where you post a design project, like your book cover, and dozens of freelancers submit mock-up examples. You then select finalists based on the submissions and choose the winner to work with you to create a finalised version. 99Designs can be pricey, but it’s a great option if you want a professional cover design for your book.

18. Grammarly

I won’t rant on this too much as already do that frequently enough if you don’t have the free version of this you need to get it now. What some of you might not know, is that via the paid version they have an option to connect you with a professional proof reader. I haven’t used this before but considering the calibre of everything else they do I think it’s worth investigating.

19. Freelancer

One the most significant websites for hiring freelance talent. If you want to find the largest pool of people, then this is a great place to look. The app makes chatting with prospective freelancers seamless so you can manage your project and selection of the perfect candidate on the go.

20. Reedsy

Reedsy offers a boutique experience in editing and cover design. Most freelancers here have worked in the publishing industry, so they have a thorough understanding of what will work for your books. But you should also expect to pay more for the freelancers you find here. If you’re going the self-publishing route within fiction, a professional editor is a must, an absolute necessity, seriously. Reedsy is a great way to find one, with almost every budget available. If you can’t afford the lower tier, I suggest saving your pennies or going the traditional publishing route, where a publisher will provide you a professional editor to work with.

Getting Feedback

21. Survey Monkey

Is an easy to use survey builder; ask multiple choice questions and get demographic information about your audiences, like age, sex, or occupation. You can use it for your current email list, or post a survey with a lead magnet somewhere your target audience will see it (forums, pay-per-click ad etc.)

22. PickFu

PickFu allows authors to get instant feedback on your book before you publish using audience polls. This is a more advanced option for those who already have income streams, again I don’t suggest paying for a resource unless you’ve used a free version and had equitable success with it.

Email Marketing

23. AWeber

With a drag and drop email builder, unlimited image storage and an easy to use interface, AWeber is a great option to manage your email marketing communication.

24. MailChimp

MailChimp offers 12,000 emails to 2,000 subscribers – free. That’s what MailChimp can do for you. A great email marketing resource if you’re just getting started. MailChimp is easy to set up, easy to manage and offers an easy to scale pricing plan as your list grows. As the Wix email option ‘Shoutout’ has a capped number of emails you can send but an exportable email list. You can use MailChimp to send additional emails if you are pushing the boundaries of the free Wix option.

25. Constant Contact

You can’t call yourself constant contact and then not be available to your customers. And that’s just what makes this email automation company shine. They offer round the clock support 7 days a week. They also offer 60-day FREE trial.

26. SpyFU

Search for any domain and see every place they’ve shown up on Google: every keyword they’ve bought on AdWords, every organic rank, and every ad variation in the last 11 years. This combined with Wix’s seamless SEO makes key words unbelievably easy. You don’t need to have some ten years long.

Learn how to connect with these domains, too. Find online and traditional leads methods — social media, email, phone, and address — you can’t find anywhere else. So you can look at other authors within your niche and find out exactly where readers are going to find them.

Staying Organized

27. Google Keep

Keep is an excellent organisation tool. It stores every idea, research plan and content structure. Which can quickly be dumped into Scrivner later.

28. Evernote

Another option this is with a few more features is Evernote, you can save snippets of content you find online and go back to all of it in a searchable, taggable easy to find notebooks on Evernote. It also connects to my Google Home via IFTTT which frustratingly Google Keep doesn’t seem to, so I can handsfree keep notes easily.

29. Google Drive

Accessible from anywhere with internet, Google Drive is a great collaborative tool for teams to use when you’re working with content, files, or images in tandem. Google Sheets and Google Docs makes group work seamless, and all work can easily be shared with hyperlinks.

30. Tomato Timer

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management strategy preferred by many authors. It’s not always easy to keep track of the non-writing tasks related to your book projects. With Brain Focus Productivity Timer, an excel sheet (or just pen and paper) and Scrivner’s session tracking you can keep motivated with tangible evidence of how hard you’re working. Not only time associated with the project. Team Viz is another excellent paid alternative to this method, and you can’t forget the simple Tomato Timer (tomato-timer.com)

31. Slack

It’s like super chat. Instant communication. Instant file transfer. Indexed and Searchable. It is fantastic for collaboration if you have a specific project you are working on. Again, use wisely, if you are co-authoring for example. Not if you’re just working with a freelancer for a short time, instead use the platform’s chat for content protection!

Big Trades Within The Division Have Always Been Part Of Baseball

As the trade deadline approaches, most broadcasters are naturally discussing completed as well as possible transactions in Major League Baseball. During a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins, the announcers had just received the news of a huge trade that had been completed.

The Orioles had traded Zack Britton to the New York Yankees, which prompted the TV analyst to criticize the deal. He complained that the Orioles, who are deeply buried in the East side of the American League, had violated some unwritten rule about never trading within your own division.

I was doubtful that such a rule existed, for any club planning to trade a player would make a deal yielding the best return. When you are wanting to do what is best for your organization, geography would not trump your own interests.

The very next day reinforced my doubts as to that so-called unwritten rule to which the announcer had alluded, for another huge inner division trade had been completed. The Tampa Bay Rays shipped starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to the Boston Red Sox, who are currently on top in the A. L. East.

Giving the benefit of a doubt to the broadcaster, I wondered if the rule had once existed but had disappeared like complete games and sacrifice bunts from today’s state of the game. Recalling some notable transactions over the last fifty years, however, I realized that there had not been an unwritten rule that suggested teams not trade within their own divisions.

Here are eight cases since the Seventies in which well-known players were traded from one team to a rival in its own division.

San Francisco traded future Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey to a team not only in the same row in the standings, but also in the same state. The San Diego Padres acquired Stretch from the Giants way back in 1973.

Early in the next decade the Houston Astros traded All-Star outfielder Cesar Cedeno to West rival Cincinnati, which in turn sent third baseman Ray Knight from the Reds.

The year immortalized by George Orwell’s futuristic novel, 1984, saw a notable inner division trade. The Philadelphia Phillies shipped popular outfielder Garry Matthews to the Cubs, and he helped Chicago to the playoffs soon after that.

Two years later future Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter was traded by the Montreal Expos to Eastern Division rival New York, where Carter helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series Championship against the Boston Red Sox. Apparently the Expos, like the Astros and Giants before them, had been oblivious to the rule not to trade to rival clubs.

All Star slugger Carlos Delgado, less than a year removed from winning a World Series Championship with the Marlins, was sent from Florida to the New York Mets back in 2005. Three years later on July 29, 2008 the Texas Rangers traded first baseman Mark Texiera to the Angels.

In 2010 the Milwaukee Brewers swapped All Star center fielder Jim Edmonds to N. L. Central rival Cincinnati, who felt Edmonds would help the Reds reach the postseason for the first time since the end of the twentieth century. Again, if such a rule existed, it continued to be ignored by most clubs.

In a more recent transaction the Minnesota Twins in 2011 agreed to send designated hitter Jim Thome to the Cleveland Indians, the club with which he started his illustrious baseball career. Thome was contemplating retirement, and he wanted to end his playing days as a member of the Tribe.

Naming and Re-Naming a Boat

Naming a watercraft can be fun and bring out inventiveness, and shouldn’t something be said about re-naming a second-hand vessel; how about we take a gander at what to consider!

It would be insightful not to settle on a rushed choice that could cause lament last mentioned; think about a name you can be pleased with, simple to articulate… something that addresses you! Why not think about a most loved area, what sort of pontoon you have and the joy and experience it will bring you!

What would it be a good idea for you to consider; Naming a Boat?

First consider security!

Make the name simple to articulate and transfer in the midst of a crisis, your life could possibly rely upon this. You don’t need a name that can be misjudged or difficult to articulate when getting down on it about the crisis radio. Convoluted spellings can likewise cause disarray, particularly when you are utilizing the phonetic letters in order to call the Coastguard in an emergency.

Think the ladylike touch!

Water crafts are customarily ‘she’s’ however you don’t need to run over the edge with this. A considerable measure of vessels bear a ladies’ name, possibly something individual to the captain. Excessively charming doesn’t for the most part work either.

Maintaining a strategic distance from Cliché’s

A few names are extremely normal and you see them more than once over various vessels. When naming your vessel think outside the square and search for something unique, something individual and extraordinary to your watercraft! A portion of the sail vessels usually observed have been called ‘Cool Running,’ ‘Capsize,’ ‘Sea Runner’ and ‘Sea Spirit,’ ‘Wind Dancer and ‘Coat’ to give some examples.

Re-Naming a Boat!

However, shouldn’t something be said about in the event that you have purchased a vessel and you don’t care for saying the name with a retribution… It is so dreadful and improper it sticks in your throat when inquired?

So how would I approach evolving it?

Nautical old stories is intensely wrapped up in superstitions! A standout amongst the most popular superstitions is that in the event that you re-name your vessel it will outrage the Gods of the ocean, and will revile the pontoon with misfortune until the end of time. Imagine a scenario in which you don’t care for the name of a vessel are you stayed with it.

Folklore says you can rename a watercraft without being reviled with misfortune as long as you experience an extraordinary re-naming service!

Superstition says renaming a pontoon is equivalent to resisting the divinities. As per fantasy, each vessel’s name is recorded in the Ledger of the Deep, which is Poseidon’s (the Greek lord of the ocean) individual record book. To really change a vessel’s name, you should cleanse its unique name from the record.

Pour the champagne over the edge to mollify Neptune while sprinkling some on the pontoon frame. An option is to crush a jug of champagne on the vessel body, so Neptune and the watercraft both get their fitting segments.

At that point, while you’re encompassed by family and companions, dedicate your pontoon as though it was the first run through. This procedure is loaded with risk and custom, and taking care of business is a genuine business. Be that as it may, you should accept the guidance underneath with an immense squeeze of (ocean) salt!

Here is a fundamental synopsis for you to pursue;

• Remove all hints of the old name. Clearly, just do this once you have formally changed the enrollment yet don’t expedite anything board with the new name until the point when this is finished.

• Perform a custom service! See underneath.

• Offer a forfeit – champagne is the standard however a tot of rum, wine red or white may do the trick, bear in mind to have enough for you and your companions.

• Attach the new name as quickly as time permits

Neptune’s cleansing Ceremony

“Goodness strong and extraordinary leader of the oceans and seas, to whom all boats and we who adventure upon your tremendous area are required to pay respect, entreat you in your thoughtfulness to cancel forever from your records and memory the name (here embed the old name of your vessel) which has stopped to be a substance in your kingdom.

As evidence thereof, we present this ingot bearing her name to be defiled through your forces and everlastingly be cleansed from the ocean. (Now, the readied metal tag is dropped from the bow of the watercraft into the ocean.)

In thankful affirmation of your altruism and allotment, we offer these drinks to your loftiness and your court. (Pour at any rate half of the jug of Champagne into the ocean from East to West. The rest of be passed among your visitors.

Neptune’s renaming Ceremony

Goodness forceful leaders of the breezes, through whose power our slight vessels navigate the wild and nondescript profound, we entreat you to give this commendable vessel (Insert your watercraft’s new name) the advantages and delights of your abundance, guaranteeing us of your delicate ministration as per our necessities.

(Confronting north, pour a liberal drink of Champagne into a Champagne woodwind and toss to the North as you articulate. Awesome Boreas, magnified leader of the North Wind, give us authorization to utilize your forceful powers in the quest for our legal undertakings, consistently saving us the mind-boggling scourge of your sub zero breath.

(Confronting west, pour a similar measure of Champagne and hurl to the West while articulating. Awesome Zephyrus, commended leader of the West Wind, allow us consent to utilize your forceful powers in the quest for our legitimate undertakings, regularly saving us the staggering scourge of your wild breath.

(Confronting east, rehash and toss to the East.) Great Eurus, magnified leader of the East Wind, give us consent to utilize your relentless powers in the quest for our legitimate undertakings, consistently saving us the mind-boggling scourge of your strong breath.

(Confronting south, rehash, throwing toward the South.) Great Notus, commended leader of the South Wind, concede us authorization to utilize your relentless powers in the quest for our legitimate undertakings, regularly saving us the staggering scourge of your singing breath.

Gracious! Neptune, you soul God of waters extraordinary and little, on this vessel, by your elegance, permit these children and girls all, to go from port of hailing to their port of call, and on these cruising subjects make your delicate favors fall.

“You who cause the oceans to fierceness or lie in sweet rest, if it’s not too much trouble rundown to we sailors here, your hirelings of the streams. This ship, the skipper, the team and every one of the individuals who love the breeze and oceans – will pursue where thee goes.”

Is this Re-Naming Ceremony Necessary!

It’s altogether up to you! Do individuals really do it; a flat out yes! Offhanded or for a touch of fun with this service, conventional words and some great champagne! On the off chance that nothing else it’s a decent reason for a gathering!!

I have a site about cruising, primarily from a ladies’ perspective, figure out how we manage distinctive issues and difficulties from mariners with long stretches of involvement. Or on the other hand perhaps you are experienced and need to find out about various goals and sanctions accessible… it’s all on this site!

10 Ways to Declutter Your Home Like KonMari

There is a Japanese way of decluttering that boils down to finding a specific place “for the leftover” stuff once you’ve completed all other home decluttering methods. This is a tried-and-proven method according to the Japanese cleaning professional, Marie Kondo. It’s named after her and is called the KonMari Method.

The KonMari method of decluttering homes is one of the simplest, yet unique, ways to eliminate messes and organize an individual’s life by way of decluttering their home. There are so many areas that can be decluttered, whether it’s a room, the bathroom, or even the kitchen. In fact, there are many other places, such as the closet, and the garage, where you can follow these steps on decluttering and tidying up. It doesn’t matter if you have an apartment, or a home, you can follow these steps fairly easily with a little patience and time. Yes, even you can learn them quickly once you get the hang of it.

Detach yourself from objects

The philosophy focuses on detaching ourselves from specific possessions which we tie ourselves to mentally. There are certain ways an individual may want to clean their house or apartment, but it’s when we “bump” into those things that we find difficulty in throwing them away, even if we don’t use, or need them! Maybe it’s because it becomes a painstaking task and that keeps us from wanting to clean after we have accumulated so much. The step to take is to detach ourselves from these mental attachments we seem to have with various things. This, in fact, can be very difficult, mainly because we’ve convinced ourselves we need to have these things. Also, the best approach in decluttering your home is to start with one room at a time.

Main rule applies to everything

KonMari has one rule that she applies to everything. Some of the easiest rules can also help you with the tedious tasks you must do around the house. When you collect all your stuff, or tidy up each room, you will have a lot of extra things that you didn’t realize you had, such as: papers, pencils, books, plates, cups, clothes,… etc..

These things seem to multiply in amount so, KonMari devised a simple way to “tidy up” any place regardless of which room it is in the house. You’ll be able to do it too with a “yes, or no” answer to this question, “Does it spark joy for me?” This simple rule can be applied to everything!

The answer to KonMari’s question

KonMari’s simple rule applies to anything you either keep or get rid of. In fact, if you answer “yes” to every single item while you are tidying up, you’ll be able to sort out everything easier.

On the other hand, if you answer “no,” then you throw it out. Gone are those days of asking yourself, “Have I used this in a year?”

Here’s KonMari’s way as a step-by-step implementing of cleaning, while you declutter.

You should start right away to clean, or tidy up your home or apartment.

Simply focus on the “discarding phase,” which KonMari calls the “tidy marathon.” You can make it a special event with music in the background, take-out food, and soft drinks to make it an enjoyable experience as you complete your “tidy marathon.”
Miscellaneous items can be done first, since these are the most tedious. These include: books, papers, clips, miscellaneous things, knick-knacks, and whatever else you have on your shelves, in your drawers, and on your countertops.
The next step is called the “sentimental” step which applies to those things that, for some reason or another, you can’t depart from. These can be stuffed animals, roses, or gifts from exes, specific clothes… etc.
Do not store these items at your friends, partner’s or parent’s home. Why burden them when you can simply throw them out, or keep them, if you are going to need or use them.
Empty your closet. Take out everything including hangers and all miscellaneous things (i.e. caps, scarves, belts, and hanging accessories,… )
Dump ALL this stuff (clothes, knick- knacks, and junk you may have collected throughout the years), in the center of the floor, or on top of your bed.
For shelving ideas, you can add 2 or 3 pieces of art deco such as vases, framed photos, a lamp, a plant, but that is it! No need to clutter your shelves with things that will ultimately collect dust.
Canisters in the kitchen may hold your basics, such as: flour, sugar, and blended coffee. You can simply place this set of basics near the counter after you’ve cleaned the counter space by wiping it down. If you put this simple set of canisters near the kitchen sink, you’ll benefit by having them close-at-hand. This is going back to the KISS (Keep It Short and Simple) technique.
Simplify your life by keeping each category of things in the same place instead of scattering them all over the place. For example, you can keep all your cleaning products in the same spot in the kitchen and the same goes for all your shoes which are best stored in the same spot in your closet.
Use a cheat sheet and itemize categories. While you are going through the pile of stuff, mark off what category you’ve worked on so that it is eliminated from your list.

Go through the extra stuff, and throw it out

These steps tell you to “go through every item” you have. When you do go through everything, you’re probably going to have some things that you simply can’t answer yes or no to. Simply put those items in their own box with a question mark label on it, and then, when you have finished sorting everything out, you can come back to this box and try again. This box of stuff is representative of the “extra stuff” you have accumulated throughout the years. Somehow, you must mentally detach yourself from these items. When in doubt, throw it out!

Finally, just try to answer truthfully the main question that the KonMari method suggests. “Does it bring joy or spark joy to me?” Decide if you feel any type of “spark” or enthusiasm when you have it in your hands. This is the KonMari method at its finest. The core of her method in cleaning and tidying up is just this. You’ll see, over time, that your place will look a lot neater.

Also, when you feel you need to clean up your home you can also declutter by adding shelves if you do not have any. Shelves work wonders for homeowners and those living in small apartments. You can utilize the KonMari method with shelving while at the same time decluttering your living space. Tidying up everything initially is the first step in the KonMari method.

For most of us, clutter accumulates over time, and with these methods, or steps, as suggested by KonMari, you will be better organized. Time and patience are two of the main things that people should have when they start this type of project. After successfully completing this project, you’ll find that you can do it quicker and much better the next time around. Every time you work at it, you’ll find your place that much more organized and neater.

Spares – How Do I Line Up for Spares?

So you’ve been bowling quite a few times now and feel pretty comfortable with your approach, release of the ball and trying for strikes. You are usually able to keep the first ball somewhere around the middle of the lane and hit the headpin most of the time. That’s great! I hope that some of my tips have helped to get you there. Believe it or not, that was the easy part–now it’s time for the real challenge within the sport of bowling, picking up your spares.

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

It seem logical that the fewer pins standing, the easier it should be to knock them down. Well, I’m here to tell ya, that just ain’t so! Even if you don’t count splits, consistently picking up your spares can be the hardest part of the game for many bowlers. The thing is, the fewer the pins, the smaller the target–therefore, less room for error. Think back to some of the strikes that you’ve had and how the pins were flying all over the place. You may not have hit the pocket (between the 1 and 3 pins for righties) or even the head pin, but somehow all of that pin action resulted in a strike. Spares are a different animal though. Fewer pins and less pin action requires greater accuracy. Don’t worry, it’s not impossible–here’s a technique that can greatly improve your spare shooting, which in turn will increase your scores (that sounds good to everyone).

3-6-9

What?! 3-6-9? I know, sounds like a counting drill or something. Actually, this is probably the quickest and easiest way to increase your consistency on spares. The 3-6-9 refers to the floor boards on the lane. You will be moving your feet that amount of floor boards to either the left or right in order to attempt a given spare. This method only works once you have a spot on the approach that you place your feet on for your first (strike) ball, as well as a spot on the lane (most bowler us the arrows) that you aim for on that shot. The amount of boards that you will move to the left or the right will be based off of your strike ball spot on the approach. I will explain this from the right hand bowlers’ perspective, so if you are a lefty use the same principle just invert the direction of the move.

Why Do I Have to Move?

The seven front pins that you see when you have a full rack are what you will use to determine your move, starting from your strike ball position on the approach. You will move you spot on the approach the opposite direction of the side of the headpin that your remaining pins are on. For each pin left of the headpin, you will move your feet three boards right while aiming at the same arrow. Conversely, for each pin right of the headpin, you will move left three boards. Since there are three pins to either side of the headpin, you will move 3, 6, or 9 board. So, if you leave either the 3, 6, or 10 pin, since they are to the right of the headpin, you will move your feet on the approach to the left 3, 6, or 9 boards to the left, respectively. At first this sounds and feels like it’s exactly the opposite of what you should do, but trust me it works.

So on the flip side, if you leave the two pin, because it’s the first pin left of the head pin, move your feet three floor boards to the right of your strike ball spot, while aiming at the same arrow. This will feel awkward at first but you will get used to it. Once you’ve move for your spare there are key elements to your success:

Walk to the foul line at your usual speed and STRAIGHT!
Aim for your usual mark (arrow) and watch the ball go over it.
Roll the ball at the same speed as for your first shot–don’t slow it down.

Many bowlers trying this for the first time have a tendency to walk crooked without realizing it; trying to walk toward their arrow. In order for the 3-6-9 method to work for you, you must walk in a straight line. To see if you are walking straight, pay attention to where you placed your feet to start you spare approach. Most bowlers use the dots on the approach to get themselves lined up. Well, the same dots are right at the foul line. After you let go of the ball look down at the dots and see if your slide foot is on or near the same dot (board) that you started on. If so, great! If not, keep working on it, you will get it eventually.

Got to Pay Attention to Yourself

Watch the ball roll over your usual arrow. If you don’t, there is no way to tell if you are doing this right. Accuracy is key, but slowing the ball down is not necessary. If you can usually hit your mark for your strike ball, you will be able to do this with a little practice, but slowing the ball down changes everything about your approach and release which effects your accuracy. Don’t do it. Maintain the same speed as your first ball; that’s the approach and release that feels most comfortable so stick with it–your just standing in a different spot–everything else should be the same.

What if There’s More Than One

This tip concentrates on the single pin spares, just to get accustomed to the new feel on the lane. For multi-pin, non-split spares, start with aiming for the pin closest to you. Once you get used to shooting at individual pins using the 3-6-9 method you will understand how to make small adjustments to get more that one pin.

This Can Work for Everyone

This can work with both a straight shot and the more advanced hook or curve shot. Those rolling a hook may need to adjust slightly depending on the amount of hook you get. That’s it! Not too tough, just takes practice. As I said, it feels awkward at first, like you are trying to do the opposite of what your mind believes to be right. Keep working on it you will get it–and in turn your scores will go up!Have fun on the lanes.