Coach Marla Beck

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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Create Powerful Writing Momentum in Midlife

Are you a midlife writer?  Have you been struggling to put your writing first, when there are so many other responsibilities competing for your time, your attention and your focus? You are not alone.  One of the biggest challenges busy, midlife writers share with me is this:  they know how to hit their deadlines for […]

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You can’t afford to ignore your marching orders

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A personal note today. My mother’s death this time last year was the last of a series of profound, life-altering events that have steadily cascaded through my experience since 2012.  The past five years have been an arduous passage for me, a time in life that has required me to draw on and develop deep […]

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From “Successful” to Fulfilled: One Writer’s Story

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A few years ago, I worked with a writer I’ll call “Trudy.”  Trudy was a thoughtful, ambitious woman who cultivated a busy personal life and a successful career she truly cared about.  In nearly everything this determined woman focused on, Trudy excelled. On paper, you’d say Trudy had “made it” — for Trudy consistently made […]

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How to Begin Your BEST Writing Year.

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Yesterday was the first (non-holiday) Monday of 2018. Were you excited to wake up?  Eager to start your day?  Did you walk through your day feeling on-task and highly capable?  Sexy and empowered?  Happy? Did you glow with that alluring kind of aliveness that comes from being creatively awake and engaged again? If not, then why? Are […]

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Your Best Writing Year Yet

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One of my favorite clients came to me with a terrible ache and longing to get back to her writing.  She’d tried, unsuccessfully, to devote more time to creative writing and she’d tried, unsuccessfully, to focus on her projects until they were done.  Year after year, she attended literary readings and supported her friends’ writing […]

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Have You Ever Had This Experience?

Experience

A few days ago, I backed my car out of our driveway and onto the road.  I quickly shifted gears and pressed the accelerator. Although I’d shifted the transmission into DRIVE, I immediately noticed a significant drag on my car’s momentum.  The car was moving forward — just not very fast! That’s what happens, I […]

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You’re the Best Gift You Can Give for the Holidays

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Last night I stayed up late, researching Christmas presents online.  I bookmarked items and filled my shopping cart.  I made mental lists and discovered a few items I might like, too. Quite a lot of mental energy and time can go into holiday gift-giving, yes? As this year’s season of celebration and generosity unfolds, I […]

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