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Sue Fagalde Lick is a freelance writer/musician. After graduating with a BA in journalism from San Jose State University, she spent many years working for newspapers in California and Oregon before going into full-time freelancing. In addition to countless articles and a few poems and short stories, she has published four books and placed essays in several anthologies. She also sings, plays guitar, mandolin and piano and works as co-director of the contemporary choir at Sacred Heart Church in Newport, OR. She earned her MFA in creative nonfiction at Antioch University Los Angeles in 2003.


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Sue Fagalde Lick I find that it’s not so much that I can’t write as that I’m not sure what to write. I’m really not afraid of the blank page. After all, if my first…moreI find that it’s not so much that I can’t write as that I’m not sure what to write. I’m really not afraid of the blank page. After all, if my first words don’t work, I can cross them out or delete them and start over. But sometimes I don’t know where to start or which project to work on. Lists, pieces, and the kitchen timer get me past the writing block. Ideally, at the end of a writing day, I make a list of what I’m going to do at my next session. Then all I have to do is start at the top of the list. If project seems so big, I don’t know how to tackle it, I break it into pieces, assuring myself I don’t have to know how to do the whole thing right now. I can just write one scene or one section of an article or just try to write one stanza of a poem. And then there’s the kitchen timer. If I just can’t make myself write, I set the timer for 15 minutes and tell myself I just have to write that long. Then if it still isn’t working, I can quit. Ninety-nine percent of the time, when the timer buzzes, I turn it off and keep writing.

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Sue Fagalde Lick I'm never working on just one thing. I recently completed a new novel, Being PD, for which I am seeking a publisher. It's about a young widow who…moreI'm never working on just one thing. I recently completed a new novel, Being PD, for which I am seeking a publisher. It's about a young widow who wanders west to start a new life on the Oregon coast and pursue her dream of being a singer. But things happen, including an earthquake and tsunami. I'm also working on a memoir I'm calling Alzheimered: He's Demented, She's a Little Nuts, and The Dogs are All Little Marleys. The challenge is to shape more than a thousand pages of notes into a reasonable-sized book. In addition, I'm always dabbling with poems, essays and other writing projects. (less)
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