Bonnie Jo Campbell Quotes


Donkeys are the most misunderstood and abused animals around the world.

In a regular class I don't focus on the form but I think that focus is helpful for brainstorming and coming up with ideas quickly especially with autobiographical material.

Drugs and drinking affect every family I know country and city middle-class and poor.

I think back when I was kind of a crappy writer I really did know my time was better spent working and having adventures and seeing the world.

I always felt a weird obligation to be adventurous.

The best and easiest lesson for me was to learn that writing is mostly hard work.

I was never a big reader as a kid. My imagination wasn't captured by books very often. It was captured more often by boys and partying and riding horses.

Time is never wasted coming to an old man bar.

I'm of the people in the bar and the people in my stories. They are my tribe.

Eighty percent of all novels are bought by women or so I've heard.

I do different work teaching and running around visiting universities and bookstores and that prevents me from writing. But it's nice to be wanted as a writer.

There were a lot of beautiful thin people out there driving nice cars. It was a whole different experience being in L.A.

My donkeys are Jack and Don Quixote. They're very smart very cautious. Much of what people consider stubbornness in donkeys is actually cautiousness.

Being five-foot-ten at fourteen years old was a little bit scary.

You can't beat a good sonnet and you can write a sonnet without being married to the damned thing.

I have a second-degree black belt in Okinawan kobudo weapons training.

A mathematical proof is beautiful but when you're finished it's really only about one thing. A story can be about many things.

That was a mistake I guess going out to California. They have these things called guidance counselors in high school. They drink a lot of herbal tea.

I'm pro-life in the sense that chaos seems like life to me and order seems like death.

I wasn't writing stories with the intention of creating a particular collection. I simply wrote stories and then discovered common themes among a good number of them.

I loved writing for the school newspaper. I liked to report and interview people but I really liked to write columns funny columns.

I worked probably fewer jobs than most people or fewer real soul-killing jobs than other people. I've been a typist a typesetter a keyliner cappuccino-maker. I think I've been pretty lucky.

I thought that you had to learn to write by yourself and if you couldn't do it then you were out of luck.

I realized that I was writing about folks with lots of skills especially fix-it skills and survival skills who were nonetheless not doing well in the new-millennium America.

I enjoy shooting. Around where I live it's something you do for entertainment once in a while you go out and shoot targets.

Where I live you're not supposed to shoot a firearm within a quarter mile of a dwelling.

I grew up with donkeys as well as horses but I'm more interested in donkeys.

People seem to want to read more nonfiction than fiction.

After a year it was great to get out of L.A. and return to Hyde Park. Since my grandparents lived in Hyde Park I had been coming there since I was a tyke.

I didn't actually figure out how to get guidance so I just decided to go to school at University of Southern California because they sent me a glossy brochure.

I think by writing about a place with great specificity you manage to make it universal.

I like to go where the life is.

As a writer I can live somewhat independently occupying nooks and crannies and finding meaning there. I can even live in my mind a good portion of most days.

The truth is I tried to write for years and I wasn't very good.

That's where I live a junkyard in a neighborhood of junkyards. We have three tractors from the 1940s and '50s several old pickup trucks and a pile of scrap metal.

That's why I have to be a fiction writer because I can't remember what just happened or where I went last week or what movie I just watched with my husband. I'm better off just making things up.

I'm not much interested in my own self when I write. I'm interested in what I observe out there what's going on around me.

I can't personally drink or fight too much nowadays because I have to be perky in the morning in order to write.

Weirdly the writing experience has not really changed that much except it used to be that I was busy because I had to work a couple of jobs to earn money so I didn't have time to write.