Issa Bacsa

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From Caduceus to Silver Linings Playbook

I dreamed of becoming a doctor when I was a kid. I imagined myself wearing a white uniform, a nameplate with a Caduceus insignia, and a stethoscope hanging on my shoulder. After high school, I took up Medical Technology as my premed course. But something changed that and shifted my attention to creative writing. Yes, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]