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 20141025

Given the character of a child, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 280 words.

Assignment 20141024

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 195 words.

Assignment 20141023

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 210 words.

Assignment 20141022

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 175 words.

Assignment 20141021

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 345 words.

Assignment 20141020

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 360 words.

Assignment 20141019

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 305 words.

Assignment 20141018

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 175 words.

Assignment 20141017

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 180 words.

Assignment 20141016

Given the character of a wise old owl, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 295 words.

Assignment 20141015

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 440 words.

Assignment 20141014

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 440 words.

Assignment 20141013

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 485 words.

Assignment 20141012

Given the character of a small bug, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 170 words.

Assignment 20141011

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 295 words.