Issa Bacsa

Filipino freelance writer & author

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About Me

I am Marissa N. Uycoco-Bacsa, a Filipino freelance writer and author, helping various clients here and abroad with their #WebContent and other #writing needs. I used to be a registered medical technologist and nurse before becoming a creative writer. In between assignments, I still find time to write my own #blog and #novels.

Your words matter. I can help you send your message across on any medium.
Learn from my journey as I blog about #writing, #freelancing, #productivity & more.

Benjamin Franklin once said, "If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing." I decided to do both.

Filipino Freelance Writer

Filipino freelance writer and author Issa Bacsa

In 2012, after working in one of the top BPO companies in the Philippines, I became a freelance writer. I work from home and write web content for start-up companies, small to medium businesses, and individual brands across different industries. I create websites, blogs, press releases, or social media posts for them. Having been employed in different companies and industries provided me with a few business insights and good materials for writing.

I got this website in 2016 and since then this serves as my online portfolio and blog to promote my freelance writing services. I offer a wide range of writing services from article writing to WordPress website administration.

One advantage of hiring me is that I can write in different formats, in different genres, for different niches, and for different industries.

Filipino Author

I never dreamed of becoming a writer or an author. In fact, when I was a kid, I wanted to be a doctor someday. But I knew that I had a talent for writing during my school days. Writing as a profession never entered my mind and never thought that this would be my profession later in life. I was already in my late 20's when I realized this.

So I left my nursing profession in 1999 and made a leap of faith into creative writing. After attending a screenplay writing workshop, I wrote my first screenplay, Sa Likod ng Puting Uniporme (Behind the White Uniform). It is about five stories running at the same time inside a hospital for three days. That same screenplay won Honorable Mention (finalist) in a nationwide writing contest and became my ticket into the film industry.

Maybe a career in show business is not for me. I shifted to writing novels with my first romance comedy, Küng äng Txt i My KüPdö (",). It is about a love story that started with a text message sent to the wrong person. Since then, I have written a few more novels.

I also wrote for Abante Komiks in late 2002 starting with my first comics, Si Aling Mameng. It is about the death of the most-hated neighbor and her neighbors became the suspects.

In 2013, I published my first English novel, Number One Fan, about a female news anchor who receives a message from a stalker. This e-book is now available on Amazon.


The blog topics here are limited to creative writing, freelancing, and productivity. These articles may serve as writing samples for clients to look into.

My free-spirited and Jill-of-all-trades nature have prepared me for the kind of writing I'm expected of. This website and the blogs I have reflected that constant change.

I like reading, watching videos, and playing retro games. I'm also a covert foodie and still need to check off travel destinations from my bucket list. That's why I started writing about my own opinion on books, films, foods, games, places, and events on a separate site.



I am a Filipino freelance writer, author, and administrator, with more than 26 years of employment in various companies and industries, seeking opportunities in the field of publishing, entertainment, or web development, where I can apply my skills and knowledge.



Owner & Web Administrator

Currently managing my professional writing services as an independent contractor. Refer to this website for more details.


Virtual HR & Writer

Acted as HR Manager, doing recruitment, timekeeping, payroll, & virtual administration. Wrote web content for the company & its clients. Brainstormed with the CTO about possible software development projects.


Student Affairs Officer

CIIT College of Arts & Technology

Proofread & edited all communications from employees before sending them. Created & maintained the school's Student Portal. Supervised student organizations & student-related activities, in and off-campus. Taught Academic Writing 1 & 2.


Various employments

Metro Manila

Took a job right after passing the Nursing Board Exam and rose from the ranks. Decided to work from home as a freelance writer in 2012.



Bachelor of Science in Nursing

De Los Santos College

Completed and passed the course and internships. Graduated with special awards. Passed the Nursing Licensure Examination taken in May 1994.


B.S. Medical Technology

University of Santo Tomas

Completed and passed the course and internships. Passed the Medical Technology Licensure Examination taken in September 1990.


High School

Stella Maris College

Secondary education equivalent to Grades 7 to 10 in the K-12 program


Grade School

Stella Maris College

Primary education equivalent to Kinder to Grade 6 in the K-12 program


Honorable Mention (finalist), Film Development Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (FDFPI) Screenplay Writing Contest, 1999-2000


Professional Skills

  • Good English and Filipino communication & networking skills
  • Can thrive in a team environment & can work independently
  • Can work under pressure & multi-task
  • Follows instructions & delivers quality results
  • With a keen eye for details

Writing Skills

Fiction writing
Article Writing
Web Content & SEO
Business Writing
Social Media Management
Academic Writing
Technical Writing

Other Skills

Office Administration
WordPress Site Administration
Email Management
Data Entry
Customer Support
Phone Support


There are businesses and individuals who are in need of writers — start-ups, web developers, small businesses, busy entrepreneurs, agencies, etc. Save your time and money. Get more results with the professional writing services I can offer. Who knows? I could be the right person for the job.

My goal is to produce high-quality web content that engages readers, relative to your target market and delivers value to the public.

I could easily adapt to your preferred writing style and approach. Usually, I write in a formal, conversational, storytelling tone. You may check out my blog for writing samples.

My Quality Assurance

I treat any writing assignment as my own. I will not stop writing until I get satisfied. My educational background, my work experiences, and my love of writing have given me the advantage to write diverse topics in different formats.

I am a writer. I am an artist. I always treat a project as a work of art. Doing good is my religion, thus helping people has become my second skin. I am willing to go an extra mile for my clients because doing so is one of the keys to success.


What I Can Do

Novel | Screenplay | Comics Manuscripts | Ghostwriting
Copywriting | Web content | Blog | Review | Social Media | Corporate Profile | Press Release | Newsletter
Presentation | Training Module | e-Book | Proofreading & editing | ESL | APA format | OSCOLA format
WordPress site administration | App development documentation | App development presentation | Medical | Legal

Niche Industries

Health | Web and Software Development | Food | Entertainment | Women | Small business | Human Resources | Legal | Travel


Estimates on all writing projects are customized for each client. A writing project could be quoted based on the nature and scope of the project, the actual budget, and the time required for me to finish it. It could be quoted per word, per hour, per page, or per project whichever is reasonably fair for both parties. Exchange deals could be negotiated on a case-to-case basis.

Feel free to view my resume, portfolio, and blog. Should you find my qualifications fit, send me an email by clicking the button below. I'll be sending you my proposed Statement of Work and looking forward to working with you soon.



Feel free to view my resume, portfolio, and blog. Should you find my qualifications fit, send me an email through the button below. I'll be sending you my proposed Statement of Work and looking forward to working with you soon.

Guilty by Issa Bacsa


Guilty by Issa Bacsa
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The First Trilogy

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This reader does not recall ever reading a book set in news casting, or in the Philippines, which lends a really original cast to the whole story... Overall it is a strong idea for a story and a setting that could support sequels.
WD Annual e-Book Awards
I did not see this coming. You literally had me on the edge. The plot was too good. It was a mere pleasure reading this.
Your book has been selected to be in's latest Top 1,000 USB Bundle. To be selected demonstrates exactly how well-received your book has been. Congratulations!
Nicolas Gremion
I am very impressed with your writing. Lots of twists and turns in the stories. You held the reader's interest well. Well done.
Brian T.
Good script!
Marco R.
I love the look and sound of the first few pages. This output is what I am looking for. It is so good that it almost does not need a revision.
Irene L.
A very good writer and always on time with deadlines.
Jasmine D.
I wanted to let you know that organic traffic is starting to trickle in from Google which is great news and is all thanks to your great writing.
Gab Z.

Works & Writings

The only really committed artist is he who without refusing to take part in the combat, at least refuses to join the regular armies and remains a freelancer. - Albert Camus










  • Honorable Mention (finalist), FDFPI Screenplay Writing Contest, 2000
  • Member, Freelance Writers Guild of the Philippines, since 2012
  • Certified, Content Marketing, 2020

Articles & Blogs

  •, 2016-2017
  • Bed Bug K9 Experts, Inc., 2017
  • Bodylab, 2012
  • Boundless Freebies, 2012
  • CIIT College of Arts and Technology, 2014-2015
  • Diyaryong Imbestigador, 2003-2004
  • Dr. Jess, 2018
  • Dry Food Craze, 2018-2019
  • Epic Surf Tribe, 2019
  • Get Holistic Health, 2013
  • Golf Gurls, 2013
  • Her Caribbean, 2013
  • Pam Perry PR, 2013
  • PayPerContent, 2018
  • Pure PPC, 2013
  • Safe Sculpt Laser Liposuction, 2013
  • Social Interactive, 2013
  • Rate My Pharmacy, 2013
  • The Bitbot, 2013
  • WebDevelop, 2013
  • Wellness Courier, 2013

Business Plan

  • Regency Claims Management, Ltd., 2020

Comics Manuscripts

Abante Komiks, 2002-2003

    • Si Aling Mameng
    • Two Weeks After
    • Miss K ng Buhay Ko
    • Sa Muling Pagkikita
    • My Secret Admirer


Corporate Profile


Film & TV

Proofreading & Editing

  • Atty. Luz Villamor, 1990
  • the thesis of a student about a documentary on depression, 2017
  • the thesis of a student about fumage as an art form, 2018

Press Release



Social Media

Technical Writing

Travel Writing

Web Content

Should you be interested in my qualifications, feel free to contact me through this button. I will be sending you my proposed Statement of Work as soon as possible.


Guide to Fiction Writing

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I know that you’re here because you’re looking for a guide to help you. I assume that you want to be a writer but haven’t started writing your story. Or you’re stuck somewhere and couldn’t get out of the rut.

I know that feeling. I’ve been there once, too.

But I’m here now, professionally writing since 2000. I’ve written novels, screenplays, and other web content forms as I’m being paid to write. I’m grateful for the blessings I’ve received through my writing and now I’m paying it forward.

May this guide help you with your writing journey. This is a compilation of what I’ve learned all these years. And since this is a website that keeps on changing, I will make sure that the contents herein are updated to the best of my knowledge.

What is Fiction?

When we say fiction, we mean any story created by the writer's imagination. Since it is a product of the imagination, it may be or may not be based on history or fact.

In its original form, fiction refers to the major literary narratives. We refer them to as the novel, novella, short story, or play. Nowadays, fiction appears in various formats: writings, live performances, films, television programs, and games.

Since fiction involves creative invention, readers don't assume its faithfulness to reality. Readers don't expect factual characters or descriptions. This makes fiction open to interpretation even if it claims to be, or marketed as, "historical".

This also makes the distinction between fiction and non-fiction thinner. Hence, we hear the term "creative non-fiction" these days. The thin line between the two may be defined from the perspective of the audience. If its people, places, events are all factual and real, it's non-fiction. If it deviates from any of the elements, it's fiction.

What we can distinguish is how a fictional work grounds on reality. A story is realistic when its basic setting is real and the possibility of events to happen in the world we live in. A story is non-realistic if it is set in an imaginary universe, or in an alternative history or timeline, or in some non-existent location or era.

In short, fiction is both artifice and verisimilitude. It requires both creative invention and a degree of acceptable truthfulness. Thus, the notion of a "willing suspension of disbelief". Fiction brings the possible and the impossible together.

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Quote from
Mark Twain
"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't.

Why Write Fiction?

If we look at human history, people tell their stories orally long before history became a written form. Also, if you’ve noticed, Jesus preached using parables to get his message across. Earlier literature reflected the lives and times of their era. 

Traditionally, the arts are divided into seven: architecture, sculpture, painting, literature, music, performing arts, and film. Thus, writing fiction is not just for documentation, it is also for art’s sake. If you love telling or sharing stories with others, you might as well write them down.

There are four main reasons why people write fiction.

For entertainment

It is said that non-fiction provides facts while fiction provides feelings. Many people get an understanding of the world we live in from reading fiction because fiction provides social criticism and mirrors society. This just proves that art imitates life and yet, we are entertained.

Others read fiction because their minds could travel anywhere. It is a sort of an escape from the harsh realities of life.

We write because we want to express ourselves through our writing, tell our stories, and our truth. 

For instruction

As mentioned earlier, Jesus used parables to preach the Good News. It is also in fiction that we learn from others the ways of life, the skills, the knowledge that we don’t have.

For propaganda

Would you believe that there are novels that inspired wars and revolutions? It is because these novels provided social criticisms and stirred the readers’ minds to take action.

For advertisement

Because fiction appeals to the senses, advertisements nowadays take the form of storytelling to promote a product or service.  

Types of Fiction

Literary fiction 

Literary fiction is fictional works that hold literary merit, that is to say, they are works that offer social commentary, or political criticism, or focus on aspects of the human condition.

Genre fiction

Genre fiction is storytelling driven by plot, as opposed to literary fiction, which focuses more on theme and character. Genre fiction, or popular fiction, is written to appeal to a large audience and it sells more primarily because it is more commercialized.

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Comedy
  • Mystery
  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • Erotica

Fiction based on the age of readers

  • Children's literature
  • Young Adult literature
  • Adult literature

Fiction based on the format

  • Novel
  • Short story
  • Plays
  • Film
  • Games

Guide to Freelance Writing

When I started this website in 2016, my main purpose was to have an online portfolio and at the same time blog about writing and freelancing. As years go by, I have been receiving emails and direct messages on social media questions about freelancing.

Since I've been freelancing professionally since 2002, why not put all my experiences together in one web page?

I’m trying my best to make this guide comprehensive and updated.

So let’s start the freelance writing journey.

Who is a Freelancer?

A freelancer is a self-employed professional who offers his services to one or more companies, often with no long-term commitment to any of them. A freelancer is also known as an independent contractor, a gig worker, an online platform worker, or a contracting firm worker.

Although others include the terms on-call worker and temporary worker, these two may not be self-employed.

On the other hand, a person who works full-time for a company but doesn't have to be at a fixed office location every day is called a remote worker.

Those terms could sometimes be used interchangeably and may be confusing to others who are not into the gig economy.

Before Jumping Into Freelancing

  • How I Started
  • Reality Check
  • Myths & Misconceptions
  • Pros & Cons
  • Is it for you?
  • Statistics


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Stop Attracting Bad Clients

All freelancers agree that there are bad clients out there. We hear from writers similar stories of bad experiences from clients after writing for them. I, too, experience those types of clients. This phenomenon has become a chronic disease for some writers because they get one bad client after another which could burn them out […]

Is the Pomodoro Technique For You?

The first time I heard of the Pomodoro Technique was in November 2013 while working for a client. My client told me to learn this time management system and apply it while doing the tasks for him. So he sent me some materials to read and off I started. What is the Pomodoro Technique? The […]

Theme: Does a Story Have to Have a Moral?

Most of us have read Aesop’s fables in our childhood. The four Gospels have their own share of parables. These are just examples of stories that teach a moral lesson about what’s right and wrong. And it’s effective to the readers because the stories will remind them of those lessons. While fables and parables are […]

6 Pros and Cons of Being a Writer

You might be asking what are the pros and cons of being a writer. Well, I could think of six answers. However, each answer has a good side as well as its downside. 1. Low overhead cost Pro: Nowadays, you need a working computer and a reliable Internet connection to work as a writer. But long […]

Being Paid to Read a Book and Write a Review

I’ve been reading books since grade school but I’ve started doing book reviews in 2012. I remember when I revived my old account and started a blog category I named “My Bookshelf”. The original plan was to write a review on each book that I have on my bookshelf literally. However, technology has introduced […]

I’m a Retrogaming Mom

I’m retrogaming. I admit, I’m from Generation X whose gaming life is what you would say old-school. I’ve seen games evolved from the small hand-held Nintendo Game & Watch to today’s PlayStation 4. So I’ve played a few games from and in between. Retrogaming or classic gaming is a term to describe playing old video […]

Banned Books & Martial Law

This year, the world celebrates Banned Books Week from 22 to 28 September. It is an annual event every last week of September that celebrates the freedom to read. It brings the whole book community, librarians, booksellers, publishers, teachers, writers, and readers together in shared support of this freedom. Banned Books There are books that […]

7 Ways of Suspense

Readers should keep turning the pages and will not put the book down. That’s what novelists have to create: novels that are natural page-turners that critics will rave. Writing a novel requires constant forward movement to get the readers excited to move on the next page. In order to sustain that forward movement, writers need […]

The Fiction Writer’s 10 Commandments

When it comes to creative writing, no commandments are carved in stone. Any writer can bend, twist, stretch, crush, or shred any of the rules of writing that has been handed down by mentors and known authors we all want to become. However, there are still “laws” that are common among all writers that to […]

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 and Discover 6 Benefits

If I ask you when was the last time you read a book, chances are you’ll answer last weekend, at the least, or a month or a year ago, at the most. But if I ask you when was the last time you read something online (a tweet or a Facebook update), you’ll probably answer just […]

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. […]


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 […]

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 […]

The Pitch

During my screenwriting workshop days, we spent a lot of time writing down a one-sentence story pitch on the board. Our mentor, Nestor U. Torre, would comment if the pitch will sustain a full-length film story or not. It took us some time to get things right. Because if we couldn’t make a good pitch, […]


When we say genre, the first thing that comes into our minds is category. True, genres are categories of literary compositions. Each genre is determined by technique, tone, content, and even length. The criteria used to divide literary works into genres are not consistent. It changes constantly and it’s even a subject for debate among […]

What Is Fiction?

When we say fiction we mean any story created by the writer’s imagination. Since it is a product of the imagination, it maybe or not based on history or fact. In its original form, fiction refers to the major literary narratives. We refer them to as the novel, novella, short story, or play. Nowadays, fiction […]


I wrote Guilty back in August 2002, right after submitting the manuscript of Living In a Lie. The idea came from an article I’ve read from an old copy of the Reader’s Digest. If I’m not mistaken, the article was entitled, “Why Do I Defend Criminals?” something like that. While writing the story, I used the casting […]

Number One Fan (book trailer)

I’m not a multimedia artist but I do tinker a lot. This time, I tried creating a video on Stupeflix and here’s what I produced: Most book trailers I’ve seen are less than 1 minute and 30 seconds long. Mine was only a 30-seconder. Let me know your thoughts. Again, there’s always a first time […]

Writing: What It Is and The Reasons Why

  The dictionary defines writing as a way you use words to express your ideas or opinions on paper. It is the most popular and prevalent method of creating connections among people. It also serves as the flexible foundation for almost every type of communications media. Print, video, audio, speech, and interactive online media all […]


The title of this article, DEAR IN SETS, may mean nothing to us. Actually, that’s an acronym I used to remember the different fiction writing modes or forms of expression. Just like essay writing, it has EDNA. No, not a woman but an acronym for its main writing modes: Exposition, Description, Narration, and Argumentation. However, […]

Si Aling Mameng

My Introduction to Abante Komiks It was sometime November 2002 that I got in touch with a former acquaintance who introduced me to Willy Fatal, the Editor-in-Chief of Abante Komiks that time. I told Willy that I haven’t written a manuscript for a graphic novel or comics before but I know how. So Willy said […]

In Search For a Writing Mentor

It is not just a question of having or not having your own writing mentor. The real question here is: Do you really need a mentor or could you do without one? Opinions vary from writer to writer. But first, let’s take a closer look at what mentoring a writer is. When we say “mentor”, it […]

Feel. Write. Repeat.

Imagine a friend has come to you for help. He/She dreams of becoming a writer but is burdened by fears. He/She worries he/she has no talent and has nothing to say. Perhaps he/she worries he/she’s taking precious time away from her family to pursue his/her selfish desire to write. For 15 minutes, write to that friend […]

Common Grammar Mistakes Explained

Common grammar mistakes could be just that, honest mistakes. But if done repeatedly, it could be pet peeves to others. As a writer, being keen in observing correct spelling and usage of the English language, or even Filipino for that matter, not only shows how educated a person is, but also how someone respects the […]

How Much Will You Charge?

The freelance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps. – Robert Benchley The quote above came from American comedian and writer Robert Benchley. Every freelance writer, or other freelancers even, can relate to it. How much should a freelance writer charge is one of the frequent questions asked […]

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 […]

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Idea Is Not Just a 4-Letter Word

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The Reasons Why I Write Crime

I started seriously reading books when I was 9 when I got interested borrowing books from our school library. There was something in the word “mystery” in “Nancy Drew in The Spider Sapphire Mystery” that made me borrow it. Since then I was hooked with the series, always looking for those Grosset & Dunlap hardbound […]


In Filipino, the word tuhog means to fasten in a skewer. However, in fiction, it means to put and connect things to form a complete whole. I remember two Filipino films both entitled Tuhog. One made by Jeffrey Jeturian and stars Ina Raymundo. I had the chance to see this film on a special advanced screening […]


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