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 20150131

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject a biography and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 190 words.

Assignment 20150130

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 340 words.

Assignment 20150129

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 75 words.

Assignment 20150128

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject a satire and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 335 words.

Assignment 20150127

Given the character of a small bug, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 425 words.

Assignment 20150126

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 330 words.

Assignment 20150125

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 250 words.

Assignment 20150124

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 320 words.

Assignment 20150123

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 240 words.

Assignment 20150122

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a character description and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 365 words.

Assignment 20150121

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 120 words.

Assignment 20150120

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a love story and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 160 words.

Assignment 20150119

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 205 words.

Assignment 20150118

Given the character of a clown, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 420 words.

Assignment 20150117

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 140 words.