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 20200126

Given the character of the Pope, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject improvisational conversation 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 165 words.

Assignment 20200125

Given the character of a failed clown, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 120 words.

Assignment 20200124

Given the character of a genie from a lamp, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 125 words.

Assignment 20200123

Given the character of a precocious kindergartener, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 155 words.

Assignment 20200122

Given the character of a racecar driver, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 450 words.

Assignment 20200121

Given the character of a neighborhood kid, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 250 words.

Assignment 20200120

Given the character of your father, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 475 words.

Assignment 20200119

Given the character of a grumpy neighbor, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 365 words.

Assignment 20200118

Given the character of a ghost who likes puns, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a satire and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 340 words.

Assignment 20200117

Given the character of a talking horse, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a confession and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 485 words.

Assignment 20200116

Given the character of a movie producer, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a love story and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 270 words.

Assignment 20200115

Given the character of a superhero, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 200 words.

Assignment 20200114

Given the character of a new bride, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 120 words.

Assignment 20200113

Given the character of a street vendor, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 70 words.

Assignment 20200112

Given the character of a grocery store clerk, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 380 words.