Coffee-break exercise: Christmas party comedy

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With festive party season in full swing, tap into the Yuletide spirit to write something funny

What are the ingredients of the perfect Christmas party? And the Christmas party from hell?

Divide a blank page into two columns, and take five minutes to note down at least five points in each column.

Now choose one of the two options. If you've chosen 'perfect party', write the beginning of a romantic comedy. If you've chosen 'party from hell', write the opening of a satirical comedy.

In either case, incorporate as many as possible of the points you noted in the first part of the exercise.

Go as OTT as you like in the spirit of Chrristmas over-indulgence, and have fun!

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