”I think the most singularly oft asked question is: What do you do? How do you do it? How do you create it? I find it very difficult. In truth you will always find it difficult. The creation of an idea, the following of a story germ, the building up of a plot, the creating of people of fleshing and blood character. These are not easy things, they’re extremely difficult. But conversely, don’t be put off by the fact that this month you can’t do it and next month is maybe even harder. This is, if not a lifetime process, it’s awfully close to it. The writer broadens, becomes deeper, becomes more observant, becomes more tempered, becomes much wiser over a period of time passing. It is not something that is injected into them by a needle. It is not something that comes on a wave of flashy explosive light one night and say “Huzzah! Eureka! I’ve got it!” and then proceeds to write the great American novel in eleven days. It doesn’t work that way. It’s a long, tedious, tough, frustrating process, but never ever be put aside by the fact that it is hard. If it weren’t hard, everybody would be a writer and we’d have nothing but books. Slovenly, grubby, filthy, heavy, gudgy books weighing our world down. The fact that it is a very selective and a very challenging process unique to a few is what makes literature so valuable and so wonderful.
Rod Serling, Conversations with Rod Serling
I cannot say enough good things about this man. He was kind, wonderful, and brilliant.