R. L. Stine … You give me Goosebumps!

R. L. Stine … You give me Goosebumps!


Robert Lawrence Stine (born October 8, 1943) is an American novelist and short story writer. He has been referred to as the “Stephen King of children’s literature” and is the author of hundreds of horror fiction novels, including the books in the Fear Street, Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, and The Nightmare Room series. Stine’s books have sold over 400 million copies worldwide.


R. L. Stine has a very entertaining website and answers a question about his daily routine in typical fashion …

I wake up. Brush down my werewolf fur. Devour one or two live chickens for breakfast. Then I work on my books. I usually write from 9 in the morning till 3 in the afternoon. Then I walk my crocodile and get ready to hunt or fish for my dinner.

He has also explained  how he is able to maintain such a prolific output …

I outline every book first. I do a very complete chapter by chapter outline, and that’ll take four to five days, but then I’ve done all the thinking; I know everything that’s going to happen in the book. It makes the writing so much easier. Kids always ask me about writer’s block and I say if you plan out the whole thing first, then you can’t have writer’s block. You’ve done the hard part. And then I just have fun with the writing. It takes me three to four weeks to write a Fear Street novel. In two weeks I can write a  Goosebumps novel.

It’s like factory work: Every day I get up at like 9:30, 10, I sit down and I write 2,000 words, and then I quit. Five to six days a week I write 2,000 words. It’s fast. I work a lot. I work six or seven days a week. 


R.L. Stine in his office

 His author website


13 responses to “R. L. Stine … You give me Goosebumps!

  1. Wow, I should limit my writing too to 2000 words a day… lol! Perhaps I sell more books that way… haha!!! That room in the last picture would scare me!

  2. I am sure I read a couple of the Goosebumps books when I was a nipper. Great work ethic the chap has.

  3. Ah, but even so, Watkins has a picture of Bic Biro hanging up in his shed. He uses it as a dart board and always aims for his ball-point. The male ego is such a delicate thing.

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