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 20180922

Given the character of a grumpy neighbor, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 400 words.

Assignment 20180921

Given the character of a ghost who likes puns, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 120 words.

Assignment 20180920

Given the character of a movie producer, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 185 words.

Assignment 20180919

Given the character of a friendly dog, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 225 words.

Assignment 20180918

Given the character of an artificial intelligence, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject an argument and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 455 words.

Assignment 20180917

Given the character of a goth, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 420 words.

Assignment 20180916

Given the character of a grocery store clerk, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 355 words.

Assignment 20180915

Given the character of your father, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 460 words.

Assignment 20180914

Given the character of a writing teacher, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 55 words.

Assignment 20180913

Given the character of a street vendor, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 335 words.

Assignment 20180912

Given the character of your mother, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 110 words.

Assignment 20180911

Given the character of a superhero, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 245 words.

Assignment 20180910

Given the character of your best friend, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction 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 120 words.

Assignment 20180909

Given the character of a neighborhood kid, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 115 words.

Assignment 20180908

Given the character of a ghost who likes puns, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a love story and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 410 words.