Coach Marla Beck

brilliant productivity

Windy Day_coachmarla.com

One blustery afternoon in Asheville, North Carolina, while walking to lunch with friends, I turned a corner and encountered a gust of wind so strong that I had to grab a nearby street pole to keep my feet on the ground. I was freaked out! Afterwards, I got to thinking… That wind I experienced was […]

Cornfield-c. 2011-2015- Marla Beck-www.coachmarla.com

My father’s from a farming family in Southern Ohio. I never lived there, but growing up, we made annual pilgrimage to visit my cousins and the cornfields. This past weekend was our annual family reunion. One of the highlights for me, besides hugging on my many cousins and watching my 8-year-old daughter bond with my […]

How to Flow with Fear

“To fear is one thing,” says Katherine Paterson, author of Jacob I Have Loved. “To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.” Isn’t that the truth? The Many Faces of Fear I coach a lot of different writers in my practice. Many writers I work with are degreed, self-aware […]

Hands on Keyboard

Are you too busy to write? Allow me to share a few of my clients’ accomplishments from the past two weeks to inspire you. One of my writer-clients, a professional and parent of young kids, reclaimed a productive hour of writing before work. Another writer-client, passionate about basketball, returned to playing her beloved sport after […]

ProductivityProblem

I know you’re busy. I hear that you think you need someone to “kick your butt” so you can get your writing done. I’m not convinced that’s all you need, though. Not if you’re someone who wants to feel more energized, happy, empowered and whole. Watch today’s video for more on the topic: With love […]

Embrace Your Quirks - 4

I can’t tell you how many free-thinking, intelligent, accomplished writers I meet who struggle with their productivity style: They think “real writers” always write earlier in the day. They believe the best fiction writers structure their novels in advance. They think they shouldn’t struggle, or get stuck, or write slow sometimes. Oh, my. May I […]

Clock face closeup

After a lazy morning with my family last Sunday, I decided to do a little writing. “I’m going to take 25 minutes of computer time now,” I chirped.  (Sometimes I choose to keep the fact that I’m writing to myself. Can you relate?) My family did pretty well with this announcement.  I wrote. My seven-year-old […]

sidewalk

  It was a cold D.C. morning, March 1993. “Look a’ her!  “Takin’ a pitcher o’ that ol’ broom…” I’d framed the shot carefully, and as I clicked the shutter, two street guys slowly trudged by. “Uhn-huh,” said his friend, shaking his head. I looked up. Although I’d been delighted by the moment, happily documenting […]

Clarity Through Contrast

As any writer who’s coached with me can tell you, setting crystal clear intentions for your writing is a critical step to creating a satisfying writing life. Let’s get you more clear about your true writing priorities.  Read below for a simple exercise. But First, a Story… The most glamorous job I could think of […]

Marla - video

If you want to write with relaxed, focused productivity, you’ve got to start paying attention to what makes you happy! For most writers of the writers I coach, environment is key. Click below for a few thoughts about the role your writing environment plays in fresh, energized writing.

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