Coach Marla Beck

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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BEFORE You Put Your Butt in the Chair…

BEFORE You Put Your Butt in the Chair

Before you get your manuscript out of the drawer….before you make plans to finish writing your book…before you sit down and resume your revisions or your writing… …there’s an important task you must do first. FORGIVE YOURSELF. Self-forgiveness is the fastest path to an energized, clean start with your writing. Self-forgiveness feels amazing too, and […]

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The Dangers of “Comfortable.”

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Were you lucky enough to see the solar eclipse yesterday? Here in California, we experienced a partial (78%) solar eclipse, and much of the U.S experienced much more.  Perhaps you were lucky enough to be in the path of totality!  If so, I envy you. To honor the event, yesterday morning, just as the eclipse […]

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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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