Write Now With R.L. Stine

Today's Write Now interview features R.L. Stine, legendary author of GOOSEBUMPS and SOMETHING STRANGE ABOUT MY BRAIN.

Write Now With R.L. Stine
Photo courtesy of R.L. Stine

Who are you?

I'm R.L. Stine. I write the Goosebumps and Fear Street books, and many others. I live in New York City.

What do you write?

I started writing when I was nine years old. I was a weird kid, staying in my room, typing funny stories and little joke books. I've been writing ever since. I don't know why I love it so much. But I have written over 300 books for young people.

Where do you write?

I have an office in my apartment. It has a scary atmosphere. I have a skeleton and scary masks and werewolf hands coming out of the wall. I have a ventriloquist dummy of myself, which gives me the creeps.

Photo courtesy of R.L. Stine

When do you write?

I write every day from ten to one. I write 2,000 words a day. When I reach 2,000, I quit--no matter where I am. I have many deadlines because I write a LOT of books!

Why do you write?

Greed and stupidity.

How do you overcome writer's block?

I've never had writer's block. I don't have time. One way I avoid it is by outlining every book I write. I always know everything in the book before I start to write it.

Bonus: What do you enjoy doing when not writing?

Filling out interview forms.

My thanks to R.L. Stine for today's interview. Visit his website to learn more.

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