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 20150331

Given the character of a small bug, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 310 words.

Assignment 20150330

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 425 words.

Assignment 20150329

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 485 words.

Assignment 20150328

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 335 words.

Assignment 20150327

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 240 words.

Assignment 20150326

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 50 words.

Assignment 20150325

Given the character of a clown, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a biography and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 115 words.

Assignment 20150324

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 75 words.

Assignment 20150323

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject a confession and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 105 words.

Assignment 20150322

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a character description and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 105 words.

Assignment 20150321

Given the character of two arguing twins, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 455 words.

Assignment 20150320

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject a satire and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 50 words.

Assignment 20150319

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 390 words.

Assignment 20150318

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 235 words.

Assignment 20150317

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 65 words.