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 20190918

Given the character of a grumpy neighbor, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 395 words.

Assignment 20190917

Given the character of a genie from a lamp, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a satire and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 390 words.

Assignment 20190916

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 415 words.

Assignment 20190915

Given the character of a friendly dog, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a confession and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 90 words.

Assignment 20190914

Given the character of a superhero, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 435 words.

Assignment 20190913

Given the character of your mother, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 240 words.

Assignment 20190912

Given the character of the Pope, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 210 words.

Assignment 20190911

Given the character of an artificial intelligence, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 185 words.

Assignment 20190910

Given the character of a failed clown, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 240 words.

Assignment 20190909

Given the character of a movie producer, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a biography and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 370 words.

Assignment 20190908

Given the character of a new bride, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 115 words.

Assignment 20190907

Given the character of a grocery store clerk, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 470 words.

Assignment 20190906

Given the character of a medical resident, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 215 words.

Assignment 20190905

Given the character of a talking horse, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject an argument and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 165 words.

Assignment 20190904

Given the character of a ghost who likes puns, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 290 words.