Issa Bacsa

Filipino freelance writer & author

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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Freelancing: A Reality Check

People say that freelancing and working at home is the perfect set-up because you earn an income without experiencing traffic and restrictive dress code. Yeah, right. That’s what I’ve thought of before I went freelance. So I set up my home office and got to be with my daughter, one of the reasons why I […]

6 Reasons Why You Should Have a Website

One of the characteristics of being a freelance writer is the freedom to write for anyone. Having one’s byline on different websites fills your heart with a sense of accomplishment. However, when it comes to getting new clients, this method spreads your brand thin. They see you all over the place without a permanent identity. […]