Writing prompt: Get trashy

Okay, we both know you’re a classy writer who only writes stories about saving the earth, improving the economy and lowering one’s cholesterol  — but where’s the fun in that?

Lighten up, Ms. Responsible. Let loose, Mr. Uptight. It’s time to have some fun with your writing, like Perez Hilton does.

Hilton’s website (“Celebrity Juice. Not From Concentrate.”) features everything from snarky movie reviews to photos of celeb cleavage and announcements of celeb breakups.

One of Hilton’s recent articles, “St. Jolie Visits Syrian Refugees,” is part news, part fun:

Angelina Jolie in Turkey -- Photo via Abaca USA


“Just another day in the life of Saint Jolie!” the article reads. “Yes, Mz. Angelina Jolie visited the Turkey and Syrian border this week to meet with Syrian refugees as part of her duties as an ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. During her visit, Angie will meet with some of the 9,600 people who have fled the violent protests occurring in Syria.

“Just before she arrived, Turkish authorities held a banner that read: ‘Goodness Angel of the World, Welcome.’ As always, it’s so wonderful to see her continue to use her fame to cause awareness around the world. So inspiring.”

What does this mean to you, a writer?

Well, for one thing, Hilton would make an interesting character in a story. According to his online bio, Hilton is:

  •  A Cubano and Miami native
  • The Internet’s most notorious gossip columnist
  • A Hollywood resident where he lives with his precious mini-Goldendoodle Teddy Hilton
  • One sweet yet snarky, sagacious yet salacious gay man
  • One of the 15 most influential Hispanics in the United States

Writing prompt:

Write a one-page scene showing a Hollywood gossip columnist interviewing a movie actor in the actor’s home. Write one version from the point of view of the columnist. Write a second version from the point of view of the actor.

Now wasn’t that fun?


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