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 20200405

Given the character of an artificial intelligence, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 285 words.

Assignment 20200404

Given the character of a failed clown, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 120 words.

Assignment 20200403

Given the character of a movie producer, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 80 words.

Assignment 20200402

Given the character of a neighborhood kid, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 310 words.

Assignment 20200401

Given the character of a genie from a lamp, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 485 words.

Assignment 20200331

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 450 words.

Assignment 20200330

Given the character of a street vendor, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a satire and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 485 words.

Assignment 20200329

Given the character of the Pope, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 395 words.

Assignment 20200328

Given the character of your best friend, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject an argument and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 315 words.

Assignment 20200327

Given the character of a friendly dog, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 145 words.

Assignment 20200326

Given the character of a goth, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 105 words.

Assignment 20200325

Given the character of a ghost who likes puns, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 105 words.

Assignment 20200324

Given the character of a precocious kindergartener, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a love story and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 115 words.

Assignment 20200323

Given the character of a new bride, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a character description and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 200 words.

Assignment 20200322

Given the character of a writing teacher, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 205 words.