Sue Fagalde Lick

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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. She has published eight books, as well as numerous essays and poems. She also sings, plays guitar, mandolin and piano and works as a music minister at Sacred Heart Church in Newport, OR. She earned her MFA in creative nonfiction at Antioch University Los Angeles.
Sue blogs at http://www.unleashedinoregon.com and http://www.childlessbymarriageblog.com. For more information, visit http://www.suelick.com.
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Sue Fagalde Lick Gil, your art is beautiful. I really like it, but it's overwhelming the writing part of your website. On the home page, the first impression is great,…moreGil, your art is beautiful. I really like it, but it's overwhelming the writing part of your website. On the home page, the first impression is great, but then the giant picture of the Madonna covers some of the words and overwhelms the information about the book. You need to make it smaller or take it out. The art slide show that follows is so eye-catching it takes my attention away from the words. Then the ocean scene is so large, and it's not clear that it goes with the poem that follows. I would suggest putting most of the art on a separate portfolio page, so that you can make your writing stand out more. On the "about" page, we have the same problem of more art than writing information. Also, there are many errors in the text. If you're trying to make a good impression as a writer, your text needs to be error-free. On the plus side, when I looked at your site on my phone, things lined up much better. Overall, if your site is about writing, you have to de-emphasize the art and put the reader's attention on the writing. (less)
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 wo…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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Majenta Hello, Sue! Thanks for contacting me! I hope you're having a great weekend after a triumphant week. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta


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