The Boomshanka Method

Here’s a fun writing exercise. Have your characters gather around a fire for warmth and help one another compose a letter to their bank manager. This is still one of my favourite scenes in any sitcom, and it shows all four characters with a clear voice. Even Neil, being the passive one in the setup, gets his own moments. And not just Boomshanka – his line ‘well spotted Vyvyan’ is great too.

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