Coach Marla Beck
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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

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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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What’s Wrong With You?

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Is there something wrong with you? I’m amazed at how many writers secretly ask themselves this very question. By all conventional markers of success, these ambitious, smart men and women are on the right track: They’ve received accolades and maybe even a few awards from work well done.  Maybe they’re known for hitting all their […]

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The Very First Step to Finishing Your Book

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A few weeks ago, my family and I camped on the South Dakota prairie for 3 days. Imagine sleeping and waking in such stillness! Seeing so much “nothing” was startling, refreshing and energizing.  A tree became a sculpture, and the historic covered wagon in the field almost ached with poignancy.  In the stillness of that […]

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Doubting Your Book-in- Progress?

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A few weeks ago, my family and I were driving on a country road, fifty miles off the  interstate in eastern South Dakota.  The sun was dancing late-day, golden light across the prairie.  We drove and drove, covering many miles without seeing a tree or farm or town.  Outside, the landscape was monotonous, vast and […]

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The Saddest Writer-Secret I’ve Ever Heard.

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It happens once a month or so. A writer I meet pours her heart out to me.  She retells the story how, as a child, she first realized she would one day be “a writer.” She describes her academic successes in school — her papers, her fellowships, her publications.  She tells me how easy it […]

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The 2 Summer Writing Questions I Get Most

The 2 Summer Writing Questions I Get Most

It’s summer, which means time to break out and do something new. Imagine how free, creative and happy you’ll feel as you soak in a nice, long ribbon of time away from the daily hustle back home.  Time to read!  Time to write! Aaaaahhh… Now, imagine the possible reality: Time spent rushing. Time spent waiting. […]

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This writing problem? It’s bigger than you think.

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If you’re in my circle I have no doubt that you’re smart, interested in the world and driven to tell a good non-fiction or fiction story. Despite all this creativity and intelligence, lately I’ve noticed that some of you are quite lacking in perspective. You see, many of you are committing an error that keeps you […]

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How Free Are You to WRITE?

How Free Are You to Write

Today is the perfect day to reflect on what “independence” really means: “independent” (adj.) free from outside control; not depending on another’s authority Think about it for a moment.  How free are you with your writing? Have you been feeling stuck or unproductive? Is your creativity limited by judgments, criticisms or fears? Have you given your power […]

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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)

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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

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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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