An article has a beginning, a middle and an end. If you can’t decide on what to write in each then don’t bother writing in the first place. A useful lesson taught to me by my GCSE Physics teacher. I don’t know why he told me that, but it must have had something to do with his secret fortune telling powers. Obviously he knew that at some point in the future I’d be writing semi-interesting stuff that someone has deemed good enough to post on the internet.
I bring this topic up because I really wanted to write an article about James Bond and how simply awesome he is as a character. I had the middle bit sorted, how the films portray him similarly to the books and how cool he is, and I had the ending too, how excellent Skyfall was and how I’m looking forward to the next one, but could I start the damn thing?
I wanted to start with how I got in to Bond in the first place. A combination of my Dad and the fact that ITV ran them every Wednesday night in the run up to the releases of Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough. They got recorded on VHS tapes and were watched continually by members of my family.
However, should I mention that Dad recorded them? Or should I tell you that he sat me down age 7 and said ‘You’ll love this.’ Or should I stick with the accessibility of the films? Should I make a reference to how easy it is to watch any of them now by picking out a DVD or flicking to Sky Bond? And where am I going to fit in the anecdote about when our video recorder accidentally got set to Greyscale so now there’s a running joke in my family about The Man With The Black And White Gun?
This is what my physics teacher meant. He meant that if you have to find ways to fit stuff in to an article then there’s no point in writing it because you’ll constantly be changing what you wrote. You should only have to correct spelling and grammatical errors.
That’s why I’m putting this form of Writer’s Block into Room 101. Simply because I wanted to write, and I’m sure you wanted to read, about James Bond. I just couldn’t decide where to start. Sorry.