Microfiction

Microfiction: short fiction of a few hundred words or less.

Every day there is a new microfiction assignment. Try this to improve your creativity and to cultivate the discipline of writing.

(Feel free to suggest new subjects, topics, characters, genres, themes, and twists.)

Assignment 20160501

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 85 words.

Assignment 20160430

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 115 words.

Assignment 20160429

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 100 words.

Assignment 20160428

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 365 words.

Assignment 20160427

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 495 words.

Assignment 20160426

Given the character of your grandparents, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 340 words.

Assignment 20160425

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a character description and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 245 words.

Assignment 20160424

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 65 words.

Assignment 20160423

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 360 words.

Assignment 20160422

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 90 words.

Assignment 20160421

Given the character of a wise old owl, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a confession and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 415 words.

Assignment 20160420

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 290 words.

Assignment 20160419

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject an argument and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 220 words.

Assignment 20160418

Given the character of two arguing twins, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 185 words.

Assignment 20160417

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a biography and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 70 words.