This Blog: Welcome to Story Life, a blog about writing, creativity, adventure, and all things in between.

About Me: My name is David Ben-Ami, but some of my friends call me Dave.  I’m a twenty-seven-year-old writer and (not so) recent graduate from Vanderbilt University with a double major in English and Economics. I currently live in DC.  In February 2019 I left my job at a consulting company to pursue my dream of becoming a fiction author, and I’m currently working full-time on my debut novel. Outside of writing, I love every single D.C. sports team, going out with my friends, watching great TV and movies, traveling, and going to the gym. Of course, I also love my dog and my girlfriend (in that order).

I started this blog several years ago because I was supposed to ‘build an author platform.’ I lost the thread of it several times, only to find it again, and now it’s much more than it used to be. I keep blogging because I love it. I love the people I get to meet, the way I get to express myself, and the accountability of blogging. Writing a blog post that really shows a piece of who I am makes me happy. I think that there are worse reasons to do something.

Why Writing?  There are a lot of way to answer this, but the simplest is that I’m obsessed with a good story.  Not only in books but in movies, TV shows, and even plays.  I think that Game of Thrones (the books and the first 6 seasons) is some of the best entertainment ever created; the first season of Westworld is such a masterpiece that I could watch it 20 times; even shows with smaller budgets like The Magicians (based on Lev Grossman’s novels) hit a vein of truth with some episodes that is to be admired; the musical Wicked makes me laugh and cry every time I see it.

There’s something about a fictional story that can capture some special piece of human existence even better than real life can – stories make you realize things about yourself and ask the tough questions. Stories can be a study on larger things like right and wrong, society, memories, forgiveness, the nature of evil.  I guess that it’s the chance to write a compelling story, and capture something more than just the thrill of the ride in it, that keeps me fascinated and keeps me going.  It’s important to have balance – not a story so heavy on message that it’s slow, but also not a story so exciting and quick that it’s too thin.  I think the best books are the exciting ones you read without being able to put down, but can’t stop thinking about after you’re done.

If I were to cut out all the geekiness above, I’d just say that stories are really freaking entertaining, and I love them.

If you want to ask a question or just say hi, send me a private message from the ‘Contact’ page in the menu header.  You can also follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@Dibenami) for more posts, links, and quotes about writing.

Here are a few more, sometimes random, things about me:

Where are you from? I’m from Rockville, Maryland. When people ask me where I’m from I usually just say DC because it’s easier. I graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, which is at the top of my recommendation list of cities for people to visit. I came back to DC to work at a consulting company, where I spent 4.5 awesome years and wrote during my free time. Since February 2019 I’ve been writing full-time, still living in downtown DC.

Did you want to be a writer growing up? Nope. Not even close. I didn’t start entertaining the idea of being a writer until 9th grade. Through my entire childhood I always wanted to be an NFL running back – a dream I held onto until I realized I broke a bone pretty much every time I played a contact sport.

What is your favorite book? What a stupid question to ask me, David. It’s obviously Harry Potter.  If anybody dares say anything other than Harry Potter I am prepared to fight them.  (The tier right below Harry Potter is littered with books from The Stand and The Shining, to A Song of Ice and Fire – the Game of Thrones series, to The Silence of the Lambs. Honorable mention to His Dark Materials).

What is your favorite movie?  Another no brainer. Star Wars, although that’s actually six movies (kind of funny that I wrote this initial About Me page before they rebooted the franchise).  I just can’t stop admiring what an incredible story and universe that series created.  But perhaps my favorite thing about it was how they humanized Darth Vader in the form of Anakin Skywalker in the prequel movies (even though the original trilogy was miles better).  You really understand the choices he made and see the tragedy behind the way he was manipulated.  If I had to choose a single movie I’d choose Inglourious Basterds (yes, that is how the movie is actually spelled).  I took a class on War on Screen last semester, and if you’ve watched that movie less than three times you’re really missing out.  I laugh more at that movie every single time I watch it. Honorable mention to The Dark Knight.

What is one other thing that people should know about you?  I love people.  It sounds obvious, but I’m serious. People are great.  I love my family and my friends.  I love going out with them.  I love sitting on the couch watching sports and laughing with the guys.  I love the jokes you can start to make when you spend a lot of time over consecutive years with the same people.  I love the random people I meet in DC. I love imagining things about groups of people I pass on the sidewalk. I love the characters I create.  I love the characters I read about.  I find it hard to write because it’s a solo activity, so I spend my time working at it furiously and concentrating hard because I know that once I finish I’ll be able to go hang out with my friends and have a great time.

157 comments on “About”

  1. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I feel the exact way that you do about fiction! 🙂 i
    I really enjoyed your “About” section and I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  2. David, What a cool blog! There is too much for me to take in, in a single visit. I will return many times I believe. For reference: Dean Koontz is my favorite author. I do not claim to be a Writer, Author, or even literate. I am simply someone that writes out of necessity. I imagine I can learn quite a bit from you.

  3. Hi David,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m glad you liked it. I’m also hoping to be a writer one of these days. I’m hoping my blog will give me some practice. You look like you’re making a good start here with your blog too.
    PS- I have the Harry Potter books but haven’t had time to read them yet. I did love the movies so I expect the books will be great (they’re usually so much better than the movies).
    Check out the Mission Earth series by L. Ron Hubbard if you haven’t yet. 😉

  4. Hi David,
    Thanks for liking my post. I enjoyed reading about you and think I agree with you about fiction can be more truthful than real life. Maybe it’s easier to tell the truth in fiction. If I could write like J K Rowling maybe I would write fiction too but as it is I better stick with writing about nature and travel!

  5. Hi David,
    Thanks for checking my Mimi of the Pen blog site. I’ve slackened the blog pace because I am learning more tech in order to make a welcome video. I see you are a movie fan. Movies are a great escape and inspiration. I’ve only watched a handful more than once, but I’ll try “Inglorious Bastards” one more time.

  6. Thank you for checking out my blog. I am at the opposite end on my writing career, but am just about in the same place as you appear to be. Having been a “business writer” for nearly 30 years, I am now retired and find that I still enjoy writing. I have tried fiction–still working at it. I enjoy telling stories, but most of mine are about experiences, i.e., not fiction (maybe embellished!). Wishing a lifelong journey.

  7. Your work is very informative to an amateur writer like myself. I can definitely detect your passion for writing and applaud your work. Thank you and please keep it up !

  8. Hi!
    Thanks for liking my post “This is Not a Call to Action…” I appreciate it!
    It’s funny that you get embarrassed when you have to correct yourself and say you are really in Maryland. Now that I’ve been living here for the past few months I usually just say I’m in DC, but sometimes I have to clarify that I live in Maryland, but it’s basically DC. Haha! So I totally get you. 🙂

  9. Thank for liking my post about old age – it means a lot to me. You have a great blog here, so as Arnie said, ‘I’ll be back!’ (but obviously in a much nicer way, of course!)

  10. You sound so much like me!! Just the American male version? LOL. I love Harry Potter, Star Wars (because of my dad) and I’m a social bug who likes the outdoors (writer stereotype = solitary + indoors person). I love the outdoors and keeping active (hiking, swimming, walking etc…) and also live in a sleepy little town. University was one of the best experiences of my life and I have a full time day job but decided I’d be a professional writer when I was in ninth grade… By the way, hold onto the ‘recent graduate’ status for as long as you can – when it expires you feel old

  11. David, thanks for stopping by to read at Hope for Today. I look forward to reading your work! My daughter lives in D.C. and will graduate with her Masters from AU in May. Nice to meet you!

  12. I enjoy your site a great deal. very scannable. inviting. and you write well, too. good job! Thanks for looking at my blog. hope you come back and read again. best wishes.

  13. Thanks for following us at REDemption! We hope you hang in there for our story because it is a long one. Right now it seems like pretty standard zombie fare, but the saying “all good things to those who wait” is incredibly true of our tale. I plan on reading and replying to some of your articles. We would appreciate the same!


  14. Life is one giant joy ride. Enjoy and never get off until it’s your time. Be curious, be confused and always say hello to the shy person in the crowd. Sometimes they are the most interesting one of all.

    Great blog. Keep writing!!!

      1. I have to say I don’t agree with that statement…but to each his own, right? It was far too conservative and “backwoods” for me…then again, L.A. was too outrageous (while still overly conservative, if you can believe it)…and I lived in MD, just outside Baltimore many years ago – also not a good fit. I seem to have found some peace up here in northern Cali, land of many trees…

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