Coach Marla Beck

The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Finishing a Novel

This one’s for you, if you freelance… Chances are, you got into independent writing for the FREEDOM. “Nobody dictates my time,” you may’ve thought when you first started out. “I can work on my novel while I write for others.  I’m so lucky don’t have to leave the house to earn a full-time living…” Perhaps […]

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Finish Your Book Before Your Next Birthday


Janie came to me like most writers do:  driven to finish her book, but exhausted. She was exhausted because every time she’d tried to finish the book, she pushed herself too hard, and burned out and quit. She was exhausted because every time she saw her unfinished book project’s folder on her hard drive, she […]

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Reclaim Your Writing Passion (& Progress)

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Oooh! I love it when this happens. After years away from her book, my client just told me she’s thrilled. She is writing consistently and productively again – almost daily! Using my powerful productivity system, Write a Book that Matters, this writer set a super-meaningful, (so-big-it’s-almost-daunting) 8-week writing goal she can’t WAIT to achieve. And […]

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What to Do When They Hate Your Writing


If you’re learning from a mentor or editor, there WILL come a time when you hear negative feedback about your work. How will you respond? Here are some tips for you, gleaned from many years coaching writers just like you: Enjoy and let me know what you think over on my Facebook page. With love […]

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When Writing Becomes a Habit


Let’s talk about consistency. A habitual writing practice is some of the best medicine out there!  My clients tell me they feel more intuitive, more alive and more happy when they’re writing on a regular basis.  They get fresh ideas for essays and articles.  They revel in the creative river of ideas they begin to […]

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From Freelancer to Book Author

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If you’re a successful freelancer, first off — hot damn and congratulations! It’s no small accomplishment to make a living from pitching and producing your ideas.  As a successful freelancer, you’re balancing assignments, editors or clients, research and writing.  Don’t forget invoicing, follow-ups and professional development. You’re a Jane of all trades.  And I’m guessing […]

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What Goes in Your Book


This week, a woman I’ll call Jenny told me what I hear so often from aspiring non-fiction authors:  her book project?  It’s stuck.  Jenny is so stuck that her book idea – that concept she was passionate about years ago, has remained on her hard drive, neglected and abandoned for years. One day, Jenny told […]

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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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