Writing

The Extra Window

November 2nd, 2007

Technorati Profile What’s your favorite [tag]writing trick[/tag] — something that makes things a little easier for you? Here are a few of mine. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 7:33 PM

Book Proposals

October 21st, 2007

Technorati Profile Just sent off two [tag]book proposals[/tag] to my [tag]publishers[/tag]. If accepted, they’ll provide the starting points for the next two [tag]Poke Rafferty[/tag] novels.

I hate writing book proposals. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 8:18 PM

Between Books

October 9th, 2007

I’m between books at the moment, and I wouldn’t wish it on Kim Jong-Il. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 9:00 PM

Hot Water

August 28th, 2007

I don’t know about other [tag]writers[/tag], but I get most of my really good ideas in the shower. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 6:41 PM

Getting Started

August 15th, 2007

People always ask writers, “Where do you get your ideas?” The question seems to suggest that they think a writer gets an idea and then sits down and writes it. For me, though, it’s usually the other way around. I write to find out what my idea is. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 6:31 PM

Who ARE These People?

August 8th, 2007

The last thing I do before I send a book off to my editor is read the whole thing aloud to my wife, Munyin. It can take four or five days to get through the manuscript, depending on how long the sessions are, which depends in turn on how interested my wife is. Dull books take a long time. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 5:52 PM

Two Worlds

July 16th, 2007

This blog has languished unattended for the past couple of weeks while I did the pathetically few things a writer can to to help sell his or her new book, Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 5:05 PM

Raymond Chandler’s Little-Bitty Page

March 11th, 2007

Shenzen, China — A notebook full of alphabetized names of people living and dead. Descriptions of clothing, obviously jotted on the fly. Slang expressions. Cryptic titles.

It sounds like a clue in a detective novel, but it’s actually a clue to the working habits of the greatest writer of detective novels in history. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 2:33 AM

Writing, Asian Style

January 9th, 2007

Phnom Penh — Why do I prefer to write in Asia?

Well, first, of course, my books are set in Asia. It’s much easier to bring that setting to life when I’m surrounded by it. The key, for me, to making a setting real is in the details. It’s not enough to say it’s hot. There’s a specific kind of Southeast Asian heat, and I experience it differently than I do, say, the heat in the American South. The heat affects the pace of life here, the way people plan their day, the way they dress, even the way they walk. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 11:21 AM

 

 
 

 

 
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