Robert Lawrence Stine (R. L. Stine) was born in Ohio in 1943, son of Lewis Stine and Anne Feinstein. he discovered a typewriter in the attic when he was 9 years old and began typing up stories and joke books. He graduated with a Bachelor Degree in English from Ohio State University in 1965. In 1969, he married Jane Waldhorn. He is known as the “Stephen King of Children’s Literature”; his most famous books being Goosebumps, Fear Street, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, and The Nightmare Room. He has written hundreds of books and sold over 400 million copies.
His tips for writing include:
- Never sit down and start writing. Always have a complete plan for what you are going to write before you start.
- Always know the ending of your story. If you know the ending, you can always figure out how to get there.
- Never use WAS as a verb. Too boring. Never use PUT or GOT. Too ugly.
- When you finish writing, go back and cross out all the adverbs.
- No hugging. No crying.