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 20190523

Given the character of a writing teacher, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a character description and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 65 words.

Assignment 20190522

Given the character of a genie from a lamp, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 485 words.

Assignment 20190521

Given the character of a new bride, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a confession and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 350 words.

Assignment 20190520

Given the character of a grocery store clerk, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 200 words.

Assignment 20190519

Given the character of a talking horse, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 95 words.

Assignment 20190518

Given the character of an artificial intelligence, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 235 words.

Assignment 20190517

Given the character of a street vendor, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a satire and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 445 words.

Assignment 20190516

Given the character of a racecar driver, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 435 words.

Assignment 20190515

Given the character of a movie producer, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 470 words.

Assignment 20190514

Given the character of a superhero, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 405 words.

Assignment 20190513

Given the character of a failed clown, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 325 words.

Assignment 20190512

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 110 words.

Assignment 20190511

Given the character of a neighborhood kid, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 155 words.

Assignment 20190510

Given the character of a medical resident, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 95 words.

Assignment 20190509

Given the character of a precocious kindergartener, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 200 words.