Coach Marla Beck
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Your response to last week’s article, Hey, Writer – Your Courage is Calling, was phenomenal!  Thank you for your messages, and I’m glad my ideas resonated for you.  Many of you wrote me to say that the article helped you believe in your voice, and be more courageous with writing. One writer shared with me a […]

Hey, Writer – Your Courage is Calling

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I haven’t been able to put into words how I’ve been feeling the past few weeks.  Then I came across this quote, from the Buddhist teacher, Jack Kornfield: “Now is the time to steady your mind and open your heart.  Listen to your deepest values, and find your own unique way to stand for them. […]

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The #1 Occupational Hazard for Writers

For writers and aspiring writers, the state of struggle is the top occupational hazard in the business. Many, many writers struggle with one or more aspects of writing: ✔ Perhaps the writing-they-earn-their-living-with is absolutely killing their passion to write… ✔ Perhaps they’re good at their craft but, no matter how hard they try, they can’t seem to create habits […]

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The Critical First Step in Achieving Your Writing Dream (It’s Not What You Think)

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If you’re like many of the writers in my community, somewhere deep in your heart dwells a writing dream that’s dear to you. Like many writers, you think you’d love… …becoming well-known for your book, essays or stories …making more money with your own ideas …earning book contracts, critical acclaim, and invitations to speak, write, […]

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This kind of writing progress? It’s absolutely possible for YOU, too.

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Hello, and welcome to September! It’s an exciting time of year. Are you feeling ready to get organized and serious about your writing dreams? If so, today I’ve got a treat. First, a bit of backstory. Several weeks ago, I welcomed several new aspiring writers to my practice. Although they have different goals and plans […]

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From the Heart?

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In the deep earth of many women’s lives dwells something nearly magical:  a truthful, powerful river of longing, creative power and passion. You might not see this creative energy when you glance at the woman across from you in the produce section.  You might not sense that underlying passion when she’s passing you with the […]

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Reclaim Your Creativity and Create a Regular Writing Habit

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A few months ago, I spoke with an aspiring writer who spent most of her waking hours doing many good things.  Except writing. This woman worked full-time, and was accomplished in her field.  She paid attention to her body, and invested time and energy in regular exercise.  She was attentive to her children, her spouse, […]

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The Path to Productive Writing (Even in the Summer)

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Summer.  Is this time of year frustrating and destructive for your writing?  If so, let’s chat. Some days, I experience summer as a languid and almost sensual force of flow and ease.  This midyear season can be quite lovely as it cloaks us with heat, warmth, spaciousness, and an unmistakable invitation to have fun, take […]

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Discouraged with Your Lack of Writing Progress?

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At a Portland farmer’s market years ago, I once picked up a brightly-painted greeting card with this text on the front: “Not every day can be a feast of lanterns.” I bought several copies of the card, and shared them with a few friends through the years. Except for one.  That one, I keep for […]

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Your Finished Book is Your Passport

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“The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love.” -Ray Bradbury I’ve had the good fortune to coach some pretty accomplished men and women to finish their books and create a sustainable, happy writing habit. Know what I’ve noticed? Many of these men and women have turned personal illnesses, setbacks or […]

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