July 2016 – thought for the month!!
As a writer there are many online strategies to gather your research for your upcoming mega hit blockbuster! One worth a mention is Google Earth where you can do a virtual trip to many locations, drive down streets, go into sites, parks and some buildings. To me I see this as a great starting point. Recently I went to Melbourne and visited many locations that feature in my next book. This adds a whole new level to the experience rather than just seeing it on the laptop. The people, the sounds, the atmosphere and even the sense of smell (if you have one – which I don’t!) and the feelings generated. For me this brought previously imaged scenes to life. Hey – and a tax deductable research trip – perfect!!
Bob Goodwin was born in Nottingham, England in 1953. He moved with his parents, brother and 3 sisters to Australia in 1961 on board the Oriana.
The early years were spent mainly in Taringa, Brisbane, with education at Ironside State School and then Indooroopillly High School. Most of Bob’s working career has been in the area of mental health. He completed General and Psychiatric Nursing training and followed this with a Degree in Counselling.
This experience is reflected in much of his writing, and since 1987 he has written many short stories, short plays, one-act plays, short screen plays and feature length screenplays.
In recent years his focus has been on writing fiction novels in the thriller / suspense genre. His third novel will be completed in 2016. “Strike Me Dead” and “The 13th Black Candle” have had some great reviews and are available in all formats (links above).
Some of Bob’s best ideas come first thing in the morning. He will often lie in bed developing the next chapter, plans for the next book or the next play. Some disturbing dreams and real life mental health encounter have been inspirational in character and plot development.
If you wish to read some brief real life stories click here – these are in 2 categories – Mental Health and Remote Area Nursing. Pictures included!! (WARNING – some are quite graphic!)