Coach Marla Beck

Timothy’s Writing-Centered Life


My jaw dropped after we hung up the phone.  I was just talking to a former coaching client this week, a man I’ll call Timothy. Timothy hired me a few years ago, because he desperately wanted to reclaim his creativity and create a steady, productive writing practice. You should know this about Timothy:  he was […]

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Born to Write?

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I still remember the first time I saw my husband on a skateboard. Years ago, he was still my boyfriend, and one day I drove towards the road he lived on for a visit. As I rolled up to a two-way stop sign in his neighborhood, I saw Jon speed by in front of me […]

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Break These 3 Writing Rules


Who makes up all these writing rules we read about on the internet? “Real writers write every single day.”   “The more you write the better.  Push through and write.”   “Real writers get up to write early in the morning.” While these practices work well for many people, they certainly don’t determine who is […]

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2 Ways to Take Charge of Your Mornings

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Your writing career is peppered with opportunities to take charge and get the results you want.  One thing I’ve learned from coaching writers like you for the past decade is this:  starting your day right is one of the fastest ways to improve your productivity and focus. To get you started, in today’s video tip for writers I’m […]

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A Few Thoughts on Love, Writing, and My Mom


A few weeks ago, my mother passed away. Mom was a reserved woman, and throughout my adult life I had often hoped for more intimacy between us. Although the closeness I yearned for never materialized, in her absence my brother and I discovered much evidence of love and connection among her possessions, including: a tin […]

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This Makes Me Mad.


As a seasoned coach for writers, I get angry when I see smart people struggle to reclaim their passion, fire up their productivity and finish writing their books. Sometimes they call themselves lazy. Sometimes they minimize writing’s importance in their lives. Sometimes, they give up on their dreams. If you’ve tried to reschedule your time […]

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My 2 Most Productive Moments of 2016


Just after New Year, I reviewed the past year to make a list of meaningful accomplishments. I also reflected on my most productive creative times: what worked? Why? In today’s video, filmed fresh off a hiking trail, I’ll share with you two of my most productive moments of 2016. Hope you’ll find something you can […]

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How to Make Writing Matter Again: 5 Strategies for Writers.

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Are you finding it difficult to make your writing a priority? Have you been less productive than you’d like? Feel like you’re working vaguely, and without purpose? Your writing, like any living thing, needs care and nourishment to thrive. Read on for 5 of my favorite strategies to make your writing a meaningful priority once […]

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My 2 Favorite Productivity Hacks for Writers

Looking for a quick fix to help your writing sessions become more focused and productive? Today I’m sharing with you two of my favorite productivity hacks for writers. They’re simple. They’re fun. And best of all, they work! With love from your coach, Marla

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How to Write When There’s So Much Else You Could Be Doing


Over the winter holiday, I took my daughter to the DeYoung Museum in nearby San Francisco. We had the good fortune to snag a private tour, and together we weaved through the stately building, looking at women-made sculptures and learning much about art history and appreciation from our European-born docent. Our guide wrapped up the […]

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