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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Thoughts on Beauty, from Anne Frank

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In the past two weeks, my clients have been calling me with wonderful news — a book deal! A fellowship! A respected agent who asked to see more! Through our work together, my clients learn to hone their focus and achieve their writing goals from the inside out. Paying close attention to WHAT you pay […]

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A Writing Career of Bright Purpose

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Last week I met a talented freelance journalist and content writer.  She had so much going for her — great bylines; recurring assignments; a six-figure revenue; and a few big ideas to research and pitch. Despite these assets, this independent writer was missing two crucial elements that were keeping her stuck and unable to dig […]

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Haunted By Your Freelance Writing Past?

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The human mind has a peculiar tendency to amplify anything we focus on…especially, the negative. So let’s talk about your freelance writing career for a moment. What have you been thinking about lately? How good it felt to achieve your last writing milestone, or that time you tried to solve a writing problem…and failed? How […]

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I Procrastinate, Too.

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On Friday, I posted this note to my personal Facebook page: In response, a music journalist teased, “Is that your day or your month?” (“My morning,” I replied.) Other writers chimed in with their stories, and a few pinged me on Messenger. In less than an hour I confirmed something I’d suspected all along:  I’m not […]

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Freelance Writers: Lost Your Pitching Mojo?

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My client’s voice lit up brightly today as she recalled how fun pitching stories used to be when she was just starting out as a freelance writer. “I used to be so excited about finding ideas,” she said.  “I loved it.  I’d think, ‘Ooh,  I see an idea in the world — I can develop that and bring […]

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3 Months to Publish a New Long-Form Piece

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Imagine, for a moment. Just 3 months have passed, and today it’s January 3, 2018. You are sitting at your writing desk, which is tidy and organized. You are feeling good – more energized, on-point and happy with your writing career than you’ve felt in years. Why do you feel so amazing? The answer is sitting […]

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The Number One Mistake of Freelance Writers

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On the outside, Jess’s freelance writing seems to be going great:  she has a steady stream of assignments, her editors and clients like working with her, and she’s making the money she needs every month. So why is Jess so unhappy? If you ask our writer why she’s so unhappy these days, Jess will say […]

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Fall Back In Love with Your Freelance Writing Career

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It’s time for you to fall back in love with your freelance writing career, your craft and your life. Why? Because the years ebb by fast.  Before you know it, a decade’s gone by and suddenly you see that most  of your talent, your passion, your potential… is stymied.  Stuck.  As-yet unexpressed.  Unrealized. “Falling in love again” with […]

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Struggling to write what matters most? This is the step you’re missing.

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I pulled an empty notebook off the shelf last week to give to my husband, who wanted to take some notes at an evening meeting.  When my ten-year-old saw the notebook’s black-and-white cardboard cover, she yelled out with excitement:  “That’s a COMPOSITION BOOK.  We have the same notebooks in our desks at school!” (It seems […]

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Finding More Writing Time, Focus and Freedom (for freelancers)

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Today, a story about a freelance writer I’ll call “Rebecca.” Rebecca, a freelance journalist and content marketer, has a stable, successful writing career.  After a few focused years of freelancing, she’s got a full assignment load, a good writing income and a couple of bylines she’s really proud of. Like any good independent business owner, […]

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