After yesterday’s post about time travel from a mental health perspective, I thought it would be fun to look at history from a writer’s perspective.
The idea came to me when I was Googling some information for my current novel. I needed to know the difference between severing a vein and nicking an artery. Which would be the more dramatic for the scene; which would have more impact on the character; what treatment would be required?
My browser history is full of such questions. Everything from severed veins to the DSM (the diagnostics manual for mental health); from names of vegetarian restaurants to maps of Bath; from likely locations of affordable one-bedroomed flats to information on teacher training.
If Big Brother was able to access our browser histories, what would he make of us writers?
And what did we do before the internet? Did Hemingway own a complete Encyclopedia Britannica? Did Christie thrill her librarian with requests for books on poison?
The old maxim: write what you know, is in danger of dying. Because, with the internet, we know more and more each day.
What’s in your browser history? What do you know today that you didn’t know yesterday?