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).