Coach Marla Beck

It’s time I shared something with you. Behind the scenes these past few years, I’ve walked through some health challenges that would knock any strong woman off the tracks. The radiation and chemotherapy treatments I received at ages 23 and 25 cured my lymphoma but, starting in 2012, these same treatments began to cause a […]

How to Get Serious About Your Passion Project (an unconventional approach) – Part 2 in a 3-Part Series


As I wrote to you last week: Lots of blogs will tell you how to take charge and get serious about your passions. I’m here to share with you a different path, and it’s one that won’t resonate with everyone. In the next three weeks, I’m going to show you how to finally get serious […]

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I Get Scared, Too. (On boldness, fear and finishing your book)

May I make a confession?  As I shared with you last week, in just two days I’ll be taking off on a 3.5-week road trip with my family, winding our way through the American West. Of course, I’m excited.  But the truth is:  I’m also feeling scared. I find this experience perplexing.  After all, adventure isn’t […]

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Listen to Your Monkey (on writers and passion)


This spring, I often felt like I was walking through life with an uninvited buddy on my back, a rascally monkey who constantly messed up my hair and whispered loudly in my ear. ”Life is short! Life is SHORT — ” the monkey said. For weeks, I tried to ignore the weight and whisper of […]

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Caring for Your Writing Heart


Think back, for a moment, to your first memories of writing. Perhaps, like me, you sat earnest and alone writing at a table in your playroom, even when it was hot out and the other kids from the neighborhood were screaming outside the window as they played in the streets during summer vacation.     […]

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The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Finishing a Novel

This one’s for you, if you freelance… Chances are, you got into independent writing for the FREEDOM. “Nobody dictates my time,” you may’ve thought when you first started out. “I can work on my novel while I write for others.  I’m so lucky don’t have to leave the house to earn a full-time living…” Perhaps […]

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Finish Your Book Before Your Next Birthday


Janie came to me like most writers do:  driven to finish her book, but exhausted. She was exhausted because every time she’d tried to finish the book, she pushed herself too hard, and burned out and quit. She was exhausted because every time she saw her unfinished book project’s folder on her hard drive, she […]

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Reclaim Your Writing Passion (& Progress)

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Oooh! I love it when this happens. After years away from her book, my client just told me she’s thrilled. She is writing consistently and productively again – almost daily! Using my powerful productivity system, Write a Book that Matters, this writer set a super-meaningful, (so-big-it’s-almost-daunting) 8-week writing goal she can’t WAIT to achieve. And […]

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What to Do When They Hate Your Writing


If you’re learning from a mentor or editor, there WILL come a time when you hear negative feedback about your work. How will you respond? Here are some tips for you, gleaned from many years coaching writers just like you: Enjoy and let me know what you think over on my Facebook page. With love […]

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When Writing Becomes a Habit


Let’s talk about consistency. A habitual writing practice is some of the best medicine out there!  My clients tell me they feel more intuitive, more alive and more happy when they’re writing on a regular basis.  They get fresh ideas for essays and articles.  They revel in the creative river of ideas they begin to […]

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From Freelancer to Book Author

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If you’re a successful freelancer, first off — hot damn and congratulations! It’s no small accomplishment to make a living from pitching and producing your ideas.  As a successful freelancer, you’re balancing assignments, editors or clients, research and writing.  Don’t forget invoicing, follow-ups and professional development. You’re a Jane of all trades.  And I’m guessing […]

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What Goes in Your Book


This week, a woman I’ll call Jenny told me what I hear so often from aspiring non-fiction authors:  her book project?  It’s stuck.  Jenny is so stuck that her book idea – that concept she was passionate about years ago, has remained on her hard drive, neglected and abandoned for years. One day, Jenny told […]

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