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 20140727

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 365 words.

Assignment 20140726

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 385 words.

Assignment 20140725

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject a love story and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 90 words.

Assignment 20140724

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 190 words.

Assignment 20140723

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a satire and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 165 words.

Assignment 20140722

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 240 words.

Assignment 20140721

Given the character of your grandparents, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a confession and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 110 words.

Assignment 20140720

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 435 words.

Assignment 20140719

Given the character of a clown, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject an argument and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 110 words.

Assignment 20140718

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 280 words.

Assignment 20140717

Given the character of a wise old owl, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 365 words.

Assignment 20140716

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a biography and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 80 words.

Assignment 20140715

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 405 words.

Assignment 20140714

Given the character of a child, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 260 words.

Assignment 20140713

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 365 words.