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 20150629

Given the character of a child, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 260 words.

Assignment 20150628

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a confession and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 150 words.

Assignment 20150627

Given the character of a small bug, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 135 words.

Assignment 20150626

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 85 words.

Assignment 20150625

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 365 words.

Assignment 20150624

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject a character description and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 340 words.

Assignment 20150623

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject a biography and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 425 words.

Assignment 20150622

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 235 words.

Assignment 20150621

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 90 words.

Assignment 20150620

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 210 words.

Assignment 20150619

Given the character of your grandparents, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a love story and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 100 words.

Assignment 20150618

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 145 words.

Assignment 20150617

Given the character of two arguing twins, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject an argument and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 180 words.

Assignment 20150616

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 350 words.

Assignment 20150615

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a satire and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 430 words.