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 20140423

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a love story and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 210 words.

Assignment 20140422

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 495 words.

Assignment 20140421

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 160 words.

Assignment 20140420

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject an argument and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 365 words.

Assignment 20140420

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject an argument and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 365 words.

Assignment 20140419

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 400 words.

Assignment 20140418

Given the character of a small bug, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 390 words.

Assignment 20140417

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 330 words.

Assignment 20140416

Given the character of a clown, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a fairy tale 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 295 words.

Assignment 20140415

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 a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 245 words.

Assignment 20140414

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 465 words.

Assignment 20140413

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a biography and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 315 words.

Assignment 20140412

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 140 words.

Assignment 20140411

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a confession and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 470 words.

Assignment 20140410

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 65 words.