I'll write maybe one long paragraph describing the events, then a page or two breaking the events into chapters, and then reams of pages delving into my characters. After that, I'm ready to begin.
The Reference Document is the at the centre of the evidence database. It consists of an id, title and statement - the statement being an XML document based on the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) specification. The specification will be extended to enable words and phrases to be linked to a ReferenceEntity which in turn links to one of the following records: Source, Date, Place, Name, Relationship and Event. These records may, in turn, refer to a persona.