Coach Marla Beck

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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Writing Productively After Work – Can It Be Done?


How to Write Productively After You Come Home From the Office It isn’t always easy to sit down and write productively after a full day’s work. Often my clients tell me they’re tired –- understandably so. Commutes, team meetings and hours spent writing, analyzing, pitching, proofing or planning…all these activities often demand significant physical, intellectual […]

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Let This Go and Watch Your Productivity Soar.


In today’s video tip, I offer you a new perspective on productive writing.  So often, we focus on what we need to do.  In today’s tip, I share with you the one thing you need to give up: “Let This Go and Watch Your Productivity Soar” In other news, I’ll be publishing my newsletter on Tuesdays, […]

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You Need a Coach. Here’s 3 Reasons Why.


Ambitious athletes, executives, speakers, and influencers have long known that the fastest path to achieving their goals is to hire a coach. What about you? Can a coach really help you achieve your writing, career and life goals? How? I’m answering your questions in today’s video: “How a Coach Can Help You.” Click below to […]

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How to Revive a Bone-Dry Creative Project: 3 Simple Strategies.


Are you struggling with a creative project that’s lost its verve and fire?  I was recently, too. Allow me share with you a little story about how I shifted a treasured project from uninspired to magical.  Then, read on for the 3 simple strategies I used, so you can start reviving your own bone-dry creative […]

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Introverted? Creative? Here’s an Easy Way to Nourish Your Soul.


In the United States we are celebrating Thanksgiving Day, my most favorite holiday of the year!  My family is gathering in Lake Tahoe for a few days, and if I haven’t already started my signature Dutch apple pies by the time you read this, I’ll certainly be gearing up to soon.  (I don’t eat sweets, […]

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