Flash Fiction Challenge: You Filthy Weirdos


So, given all the hullaballoo with Clean Reader (“read books, not profanity”) this week, I thought a flash fiction challenge in pure defiance had some meaning.

Thus:

I want you to be inspired by that debacle.

I want you to write filthily.

Or write about filth.

Sex, profanity, perversion. Fiction or meta-fiction.

Any genre.

In some way, take something from the discussion about censorship and profanity and vulgarity and sex and — well, throw all that stuff into a blender, whip it up, and see what foamy frappe belches out into your story.

We’ll say you have 2000 words for this one because fuck it, that’s why.

Post the story at your online space.

Link to that story in the comments below.

Due by next Friday, April 3rd, noon EST.


114 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: You Filthy Weirdos”

  1. The exact excuse I needed for a story that’s so filthy I’ve been on the fence about it for two years. *shiver* Let’s fuck this pig!

  2. Side note: I cannot be the only person who makes the pantomime masturbating hand gesture when I read the words ‘clean reader.’ Those dudes suck.

  3. Hmm. Let’s see what I have stewing in the pot. I’m not a terribly profane writer, frankly, and I had no issues at all with the idea of clean reader (anything that boosts accessibility), but I suppose I might stretch my little wings. Nick and Leon might need to have a discussion about vulgarity and its uses.

  4. I’ve never written pure filth. I just let my characters swear from time to time. I’ve been working up to working a little smut into my plots. I might have to take you up on this challenge and see what my mind can come up with for a maiden voyage.

  5. Fuckin A…I read a poem by Bukowski in a cw class and the prof said,” I get so tired…” that’s all I remembered of his feedback on my selection to read in the class. I suppose a “pigs pizzle” may have been more inspiring for this particular fuckwad’s assignment. It’s like shit, the prof asks the class to pick a poem to read, share and then he pisses himself for the sharing. And now there is a program to scrub books…hell’s bells.

  6. Okay, here goes. My entry is a cut from my current WIP (Work In Progress). It’s current time, but set on another world. Sometime soon I’ll fill you all in on that. Just now, though, here’s the excerpt. It’s about people who’ve broken the rules, and those who have to deal with the aftermath. It runs somewhat over the 2000 words Chuck asked for, but hey, breaking rules, yeh? Only one cuss word. Said innocently, too. It’s the rest that hurts…
    Here’s the link: https://warjna.wordpress.com/

    • I will repeat the comment I left on your blog: …holy crap! That is just freakin’ SCARY! And the scariest part is that, from what I’ve seen and what I know, there is someone like this out there right now.

      You have eminently achieved your objective.

    • Whoa. That was…well done, in a creepy-inside-the-character’s-head-that-almost-makes-sense kind of way. You definitely made your MC believable and that had to be tough to write.

      • Thanks. I wasn’t at all sure whether I should hit “post” on it, it’s so bleak. Glad it worked.

    • Wow, that was…powerful. warjna is right, there are people out there who suffer in this way. I may be a bit overboard here, but in the hands of a skilled therapist, this story, or a version of it, could be a useful therapeutic tool. Of course, in the wrong hands…scary. Very nice work. Despite your misgivings, I’m glad you posted it.

      • Thank you. And yes, I do believe there are people who think that way. That’s one big reason I was unsure about posting it. The last thing I’d want to do is give anyone ideas…

    • That is a really good story; very captivating. I like how you used the concept of algorithms. And I mean, who doesn’t love algorithms? I also checked the word count: 869. Not even half of the 2000 words you’re given and still a very well-rounded story. Nice job 🙂

    • Great writing! I’d say that was on par with Brett Easton Ellis’ “American Psycho.” I’ll also say that eating while reading this was a huge mistake on my part. Fantastic job!

    • Ha! Interesting how all the censoring caused me to focus more sharply on naughty words. This reminded me a bit of “The Giver” by Lois Lowry where people were medicated into unthinking compliance.

      • Thanks!

        There were actually only two curse words (fuck and hell) thrown in there. The other missing words were words that are used euphemistically for sexual organs in their secondary meaning. Or were words that had been altered because of “reasons” (sex, devil, veteran).

        The missing words/altered words are: Dick, slit, fuck, devil, hell, sex, slit, hole, Veteran.

        I’d be interested to know if those (or similar words) were what you filled in (or not)…

        • Haha! When you list them out like that, it sounds even more salacious. It is shades of George Carlin. To be honest, I couldn’t quite fill them all in, but it didn’t keep me from trying. I got Dick, slit and devil. The context wasn’t enough for me to get the specific word each time, but I definitely got the big picture. I think communicating can be compromised when censorship comes into the picture.

    • It’s also a stretch, but my randomly selected avatar here looks a lot like a fat middle finger – perhaps given by Mookie Pearl himself.

  7. A rush job with way too little sleep, and the title makes no sense, but I like it anyway, at least the core ideas of obscenity, censorship, and theocracy, all taken to an extreme. The story all came out of the first two sentences, which I had stuck in my head for the last couple of days. The rest was almost stream of consciousness writing. Maybe that’s where the title came from.

    http://pauljwillett.com/2015/04/02/flash-fiction-stream/

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