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?


Writing prompt: Pants on the ground

The rap song  “Pants on the Ground” was written by 62-year-old Vietnam veteran Gen. Larry Platt. The song became an instant hit when Platt sang it on the TV show “American Idol.”  Although the song is fun, it also reflects Platt’s many years as a civil rights activist. In the song, he chastises young men for wearing their pants too long.

Is there a topic that fires you up, one that you could write a rap song about? To get you started, read Platt’s song printed below — and remember to have fun and include rhythm.

Pants on the Ground

  By Gen. Larry Platt

Pants on the ground

Pants on the ground

Lookin’ like a fool with your pants on the ground

With the gold in your mouth

Hat turned sideways

Pants hit the ground

Call yourself a cool cat

Lookin’ like a fool

Walkin’ downtown with your pants on the ground

Hey, get your pants off the ground!