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 20200712

Given the character of a grocery store clerk, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 495 words.

Assignment 20200711

Given the character of a talking horse, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 160 words.

Assignment 20200710

Given the character of your father, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 245 words.

Assignment 20200709

Given the character of a medical resident, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 180 words.

Assignment 20200708

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 270 words.

Assignment 20200707

Given the character of a genie from a lamp, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 260 words.

Assignment 20200706

Given the character of a failed clown, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a biography and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 80 words.

Assignment 20200705

Given the character of a writing teacher, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a character description and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 320 words.

Assignment 20200704

Given the character of a friendly dog, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 75 words.

Assignment 20200703

Given the character of an artificial intelligence, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 460 words.

Assignment 20200702

Given the character of a racecar driver, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 305 words.

Assignment 20200701

Given the character of your best friend, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a love story and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 150 words.

Assignment 20200630

Given the character of the Pope, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject an argument and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 60 words.

Assignment 20200629

Given the character of a goth, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 270 words.

Assignment 20200628

Given the character of a grumpy neighbor, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 200 words.