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When They Say That Your Writing is Episodic

After winning Honorable Mention in a screenplay writing contest, I lent my screenplay manuscript to a  co-worker for her to read. When she returned to me the manuscript, she said, “…the story is good, but it’s episodic…” Hearing the word “episodic”, I immediately agreed because in my thoughts the story was also based in some Read more about When They Say That Your Writing is Episodic[…]

Steven Amsterdam quote

Are Your Characters Running On Empty?

You have seen this cycle before. You’re writing a novel or screenplay. You have a great idea, so great that you dream it will become the next bestseller or award-winning film. You spend days outlining and writing the first few pages. Then… you lose steam. It becomes harder to write. The momentum goes down. Writer’s Read more about Are Your Characters Running On Empty?[…]

Jean Luc Godard quote on writing

Organize Your Writing

Staring at a blank page is dreadful for a writer. The question, “What will I write?” is really not a problem. It’s the question “How do I start?” that matters. Most of us often underestimate the planning of things because we’re obsessed with the goal. We have the clear picture of the end product but Read more about Organize Your Writing[…]

Stephen King

Make The Time To Write

Writing is a juggling act. A writer juggles his job, family, friends, recreation, and writing. Some writers grow weary of the constant juggling act and give up writing. Others like me struggle to keep going. “How do you find time to write?” has been a common question to writers or among writers. The answer depends Read more about Make The Time To Write[…]

idea bulb brain

Where Do Ideas Come From?

One of the overused questions asked of writers is where do their ideas come from. It may be too trivial, too basic, but too important not to be ignored. Writers, like other artists, maximize the use of their five senses and translate them into their art. Writers, like other artists, are keen observers. So keen Read more about Where Do Ideas Come From?[…]

Quote from Louis L'Amour

Idea Is Not Just a 4-Letter Word

Have you ever thought how authors come up with their ideas for their novels? You may have browsed writing books and magazines and have been told that an idea comes from an endless list of sources. But how do authors come up with a novel from an idea? In this article, let us see how Read more about Idea Is Not Just a 4-Letter Word[…]

Cover of Number One Fan by Issa Bacsa

Deleted Prologue

While writing my novel Number One Fan during NaNoWriMo last November 2012, I wrote a prologue to start my story. I thought it would be a good idea to explain a certain backstory of the main character at that time. There are some novels that used this technique and it worked for them in the Read more about Deleted Prologue[…]

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star proposed book cover 2012

What If It Was Written In Filipino?

Back in 2012, a few months before I resigned from TeleTech, I posted on Facebook and sent an email to some friends an excerpt from two chapters of my novel, Number One Fan. It was still titled Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (a suspense novel) back then. Let me share with you the original excerpt written in Filipino: Read more about What If It Was Written In Filipino?[…]

an old Cain as imagined by Issa Bacsa

What Ever Happened to Cain?

NOTE: Except for the Biblical passage, everything written here is a work of fiction, a product of my imagination. And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your Read more about What Ever Happened to Cain?[…]

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