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 20150301

Given the character of a wise old owl, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 370 words.

Assignment 20150228

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 440 words.

Assignment 20150227

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 295 words.

Assignment 20150226

Given the character of a small bug, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject a confession and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 390 words.

Assignment 20150225

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 430 words.

Assignment 20150224

Given the character of a clown, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a love story and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 110 words.

Assignment 20150223

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 485 words.

Assignment 20150222

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject an argument and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 435 words.

Assignment 20150221

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a character description and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 75 words.

Assignment 20150220

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 405 words.

Assignment 20150219

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 250 words.

Assignment 20150218

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 455 words.

Assignment 20150217

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 135 words.

Assignment 20150216

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 185 words.

Assignment 20150215

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 220 words.