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 20160525

Given the character of your grandparents, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a character description and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 455 words.

Assignment 20160524

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject a confession and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 135 words.

Assignment 20160523

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject an argument and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 195 words.

Assignment 20160522

Given the character of a clown, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject a love story and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 415 words.

Assignment 20160521

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 430 words.

Assignment 20160520

Given the character of a child, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 170 words.

Assignment 20160519

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 400 words.

Assignment 20160518

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 185 words.

Assignment 20160517

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 490 words.

Assignment 20160516

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject a satire and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 335 words.

Assignment 20160515

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 275 words.

Assignment 20160514

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 255 words.

Assignment 20160513

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 145 words.

Assignment 20160512

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 420 words.

Assignment 20160511

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject a confession and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 295 words.