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 20160207

Given the character of a wise old owl, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 335 words.

Assignment 20160206

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject an argument and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 130 words.

Assignment 20160205

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 245 words.

Assignment 20160204

Given the character of a small bug, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 165 words.

Assignment 20160203

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 240 words.

Assignment 20160202

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject a television commercial 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 250 words.

Assignment 20160201

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 375 words.

Assignment 20160131

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 350 words.

Assignment 20160130

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 450 words.

Assignment 20160129

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 415 words.

Assignment 20160128

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 435 words.

Assignment 20160127

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a character description and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 370 words.

Assignment 20160126

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 425 words.

Assignment 20160125

Given the character of two arguing twins, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 110 words.

Assignment 20160124

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a confession and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 90 words.