Why We Write | Anthony Campo

We’re pleased to announce a new series to the Zest Lit blog, where we’ll regularly feature contributors from each issue discussing what inspires them to write.

We hope you’ll leave comments in response and let us know how you write, what gets those creative juices flowing, and what you like to write about!

Please welcome our first contributor: Anthony Campo

I’m not exactly sure what inspires me to write. I’ll get an idea and it will combine with another idea in a new way, an unlikely way. Sometimes I’ll sit down and write something around it. Some of my works are based loosely on real life events — these are often written as metaphor, so that others can read their own life experiences into them, and maybe discover some common ground with mine.

A lot of my stuff is about more or less regular people thrown into unusual situations. Or more or less unusual people thrown into regular situations. I tend toward the speculative and the situations are often highly unlikely or bizarre, but not impossible.  I guess I write this type of fiction mainly to experiment with ideas. Mixing everyday things in a new way, breaking down old connections and discovering new ones. That’s probably the closest I can come to summing up what I do, and why.

— Anthony Campo | May Ends & A Child of Autumn | Issue 1

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4 thoughts on “Why We Write | Anthony Campo

  1. I have to say I tend to look at the writing process the same way. “regular people thrown into unusual situations. Or more or less unusual people thrown into regular situations” “and breaking down old connections and discovering new ones” I think Anthony really hits the nail on the head when it comes to a memorable story. I love a story with some kind a twist to it! Anthony is definitely my kind of writer! 😀

    • Thanks, Linda – Anthony is a fantastic writer. And you’re dead right, great writing often comes from people taking a closer look at the everyday aspect of the world around them, experiences and emotions. 🙂

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