I could listen to Rod Serling talk all damn day. There’s something about his straightforwardness and honesty about writing that just just boils concepts down to their essence.
If I had a time machine, I’d be first in line to take one of his classes (yes, he taught writing for a while in his later years). Rod Serling was a writer for television, but at the end of the day, he was a writer of compelling stories. I want to write compelling stories, so his advice is gold to me.
In previous posts, I’ve spoken about how important outlines are. However, Rod wrote without outlines out of a “sense of desperate compulsion”. It goes to show that there are no set rules to writing. Use a process that works. I prefer outlines, but you may not.
Listen to the rest of the 16 part series.