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 20140922

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 130 words.

Assignment 20140921

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 285 words.

Assignment 20140920

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 190 words.

Assignment 20140919

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 460 words.

Assignment 20140918

Given the character of a small bug, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 330 words.

Assignment 20140917

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a love story and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 215 words.

Assignment 20140916

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 295 words.

Assignment 20140915

Given the character of a clown, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a one-up contest 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 130 words.

Assignment 20140914

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 325 words.

Assignment 20140913

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 490 words.

Assignment 20140912

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 140 words.

Assignment 20140911

Given the character of a child, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 120 words.

Assignment 20140910

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 455 words.

Assignment 20140909

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a character description and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 400 words.

Assignment 20140908

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 315 words.