Writing What You Don’t Know
Anyone who reads my books knows I do a hell of a lot of research, even though I end up using less than 10% of it. For years I obtained my background history from the Encyclopaedia Britannica, but as my hardback set became dated I switched to online use and finally moved to all things Wiki.
This morning (around 5:00am – Yes, I know I should have still been asleep) I needed to find out what Croatia’s role was during the First World War. Wikipedia has this to say about an entire nation’s fate during the world’s greatest war.
That’s right, nothing. Not one word.
Then I looked up the entry on Beyonce Knowles.
Her entry in Wikipedia is about four times as long as the history of any Eastern European country.
For me, the biggest problem with Wiki is its bias toward North America, but this means is that Europeans have been less bothered with adding information, and US residents have been more diligent. So I’ll probably have to go back to the Encyclopaedia Britannica – even though a trawl around their site fails to reveal how much the online edition costs. It’s the price of writing something you don’t know.