Write Like an Addict!

An Interview with Karen Barnes.


KB: What’s your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a pantser? 

Ben DeHaven : I’m lazy, followed by bouts of insane commitment. When I write, I’m an addict. I write sloppy and loose, my grammar and spelling are terrible. I have no idea what diagraming a sentence means. I have to write with a legal felt tipped pen, so everything for me is long hand. Its funny, because I type quickly, but after I have the long hand version, I usually use the dictation software to read the story into the computer. It’s amazing how many problems you will find when reading something out loud.  

I don’t like people to look at me when I am writing. I feel like an asshole. But I don’t feel weird editing in public. Which seems strange-because how in the world would the people watching know the difference? I guess I feel like I am “wide open” when in the groove and don’t want to let too many people see that. I’ll spend months throwing ideas on paper, but then I drive till the tank runs dry, check into a hotel and lock myself down until I have something to work with.

I am the type of writer that wants to connect with people, but never have Matt Dillon play me in a movie (although he did personally request a copy of Confessions – Jesus save me).



About bdehaven

DeHaven keeps his heart in Chicago and his soul in New Orleans-that's why he lives in Las Vegas. He holds a MBA from Tulane and a film degree from Columbia. Once ejected from a community college for arguing Frost's agenda in Birches, he has since written screenplays, traded futures in Madrid, and was Editor in Chief of the Nola Shopper Newspaper.(and enterprise Michael Enzo Bankrupt) He also has a "shout out" in a Jay "Z" Song. He and Michael Enzo were friends. http://bdehaven.com "A celebrity ghostwriter, you’ve never heard of, examining his own life of crushing addictions and alleged organized crime connections while struggling to present the truth behind our own behaviors." Author of Confessions of a Self-Help Writer (The Journal of Michael Enzo) the #1 Most Wished for Book of the Year on Indie Bound for over 14 weeks
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