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 20160827

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a satire 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 295 words.

Assignment 20160826

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 285 words.

Assignment 20160825

Given the character of two arguing twins, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 95 words.

Assignment 20160824

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a confession and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 70 words.

Assignment 20160823

Given the character of a small bug, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 130 words.

Assignment 20160822

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 435 words.

Assignment 20160821

Given the character of your grandparents, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 305 words.

Assignment 20160820

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 415 words.

Assignment 20160819

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a character description and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 110 words.

Assignment 20160818

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 240 words.

Assignment 20160817

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 225 words.

Assignment 20160816

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 395 words.

Assignment 20160815

Given the character of a wise old owl, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a love story and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 95 words.

Assignment 20160814

Given the character of a clown, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 270 words.

Assignment 20160813

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 195 words.