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 20140901

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 130 words.

Assignment 20140831

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 420 words.

Assignment 20140830

Given the character of two arguing twins, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction 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 300 words.

Assignment 20140829

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 165 words.

Assignment 20140828

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 210 words.

Assignment 20140827

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 140 words.

Assignment 20140826

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 130 words.

Assignment 20140825

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a love story and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 80 words.

Assignment 20140824

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 70 words.

Assignment 20140823

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 an argument and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 70 words.

Assignment 20140822

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 330 words.

Assignment 20140821

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 75 words.

Assignment 20140820

Given the character of a clown, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a confession and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 120 words.

Assignment 20140819

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 195 words.

Assignment 20140818

Given the character of your grandparents, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a character description and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 410 words.