Coach Marla Beck

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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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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Sometimes, it seems, even smart people believe stuff that’s not actually true. Take, for example, our culture’s love affair with striving.  If you’ve ever worked hard to do life “right” — “right” according to whom? — then you know what I mean. You may have worked hard, long hours, and then faulted yourself when your body […]

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A personal note: I’m smiling a lot these days. I’m privately coaching a hard-working group of sensitive, smart writers. I’m feeling great.  And best of all, I’m preparing for my first full-set, solo music performance since I stood on stage at Anna’s Jazz Island back in 2007, seven months pregnant with my daughter. I’ve got […]

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Hey, smart cookie. For all your skill at meeting everyone else’s deadlines, you’d think you’d be a rock star at discovering your passion and making time to pursue your personal projects, right? Thing is, that gnawing feeling inside – the one that wells up on Sunday afternoons – tells you that when it comes to […]

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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 […]

Protect Your Confidence

Sometimes we writers forget that it’s our own responsibility to believe in the power of our voice and message and writing. (Especially if you come from an “allied profession” like business or law or technical writing, and you’re trying your hand at fiction for the first time.  You’re likely not used to failing, right?) Whether […]

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If you want to fire up your writing career and fall back in love with your life again, you don’t need a writing coach. You need an expert mentor and intuitive catalyst who’s completely invested in helping you honor your talent and become more YOU in the world. Someone who will: challenge you to think […]

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