Coach Marla Beck

A Precious Elixir for Busy or Struggling Writers

Imagine with me, for a moment. Imagine, if you will, that I’ve just handed you a small bottle with a rare and magic potion inside. Just one drop or two of this precious elixir is guaranteed to spark more writing focus, passion, energy and inner fire than you’ve experienced in years. What will you do […]

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On Writing After Adversity

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I’m not sure you’d ever guess this about me now, but this is true: Long before I moved to California, for nearly a decade in my late teens and early twenties, I struggled with a crippling clinical depression.  My friends and classmates never knew my truth, for I worked hard to hide this pain. Inside, […]

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Why Do We Write?

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Today is the day. Whether you’re bracing yourself against icy winds or basking in the early sunshine of spring, today is the perfect time to stand back and take a big-picture perspective on your writing.  Looking for a writing prompt to open your vision? Try asking yourself this: Why do I write?   Write down your […]

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The Intentional Morning: 3 Simple Habits to Energize Your Day

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Not long ago I realized just how off-track my mornings had become. I was checking my email upon waking and sampling blog stats before breakfast. Under the guise of “keeping up with business” I was cramming my mornings with “busyness.” No surprise that my days began to lack energy and inspiration! Use these three simple suggestions to fine-tune your own […]

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Wipe Your Writing Slate Clean.

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Welcome to Q2! As of today, we are just a little more than 90 days into the new year. There’s a sense of fresh energy and new life in the air – do you feel it?  Here in Northern California, the hillsides look almost impossibly green, and tiny blue wildflowers have begun to bloom outside […]

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A Shard of Silence in Your Heart?

It hurts not to write.   Nearly every week, a midlife writer confesses the terrible pain they feel by being in a prolonged state of not-writing. Sometimes by accident, and often, via fear, these writers find themselves mired in a solid, good life, but a life that’s sorely lacking creative practice, growth and fulfillment. These busy writers… … […]

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Just 3% of Your Waking Hours

In any given week, I spend a minimum of 3 to 5 hours focused and engaged in creative work. (That’s 3% of my waking hours.  Not much time, right?  Never underestimate the power of a focused half-hour or hour of writing, though.  I get a lot done.  Even better, this modest investment yields so much good […]

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Crack the Code: Learn to Write Consistently Again

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I just got off the phone with a fascinating and motivated writer, a woman who confessed to me with shame that she must just be “too lazy” to write consistently. You see, for years, she’s struggled to create a regular writing habit.   It’s not that this writer doesn’t have a bit of time to devote to […]

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Day Job Getting in the Way of Your Writing?

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Have you been dying to quit your job so you can spend more time on your writing?   This week, two of my clients did just that. One client left a professional position in an organization she’d outgrown, finally allowing herself the opportunities she needs to grow her writing career to its full potential. Another client, […]

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The First Step to Writing Joy

Last night, it rained here in Northern California for the first time in many weeks.  The air this morning is brisk, clean and fresh. The sky is a piercing blue, post-rain.  Against this canvas, the greens of the leaves and shrubs seem rather electric and alive. Things inside my home feel more vivid and clear […]

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