A Quote, and a Peek Behind the Curtain of My Creative Process

As I continue my writing, I like to peruse my previous entries looking for potential advertising type of material. I found this little nugget of dialogue from a unique character with an interesting perspective:

“I’d rather be using this wood to start a campfire or build a home, not use it to make a coffin. If I were so inclined, I’d fashion this wood into wings. Yes, that’s what I’d do with it. I’d fashion it into wings and fly away from this God-forsaken town.”

I can remember the night I came up with this quote. I was watching The Twilight Zone (1959), season 5, episode 26 called I Am the Night—Color Me Black. In the episode, the dramatis personae are stuck in an unending night for unknown reasons. You quickly learn that the town is filled with hate, as they push to have an innocent man hanged. As I watched the episode, I kept thinking of what it would be like living in that town and how would I feel? So I channeled that into the quote/dialogue above.

A Peek Behind the Curtain of My Creative Process —Shhh, Tell No One!

Oops! I kind of just told a small part of my secret on how I stay creative with my work. So I might as well dig in a little bit and say that Rod Serling’s work serves as an inspiration for my writing. When I decide it is a day for me to continue writing, I “get my game face on” and play classical music because for whatever reason listening to modern music distracts me way too much. I guess it distracts me because I always end up singing along, breaking my concentration. Self-inflicted much.

When it gets closer to my writing time, I will pick a random episode of The Twilight Zone (1959). It puts me into a different realm of creativeness. Rod Serling’s functionality with this storytelling and his opening and closing narrations are absolutely out of this world. Growing up and hearing the vocabulary that he would use inspired me as a young kid. I would look up new words to learn almost daily. I loved to be able to throw out a big word and have everyone scratching their heads. Although he has passed on from this world, he is never truly gone if we find ways to remember him. For me, it is relatively easy to remember him being that I own everything he has ever done. Haha.

Thanks for reading!

Travis

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