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 20141031

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise 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 240 words.

Assignment 20141030

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 380 words.

Assignment 20141029

Given the character of two arguing twins, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 315 words.

Assignment 20141028

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a biography and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 430 words.

Assignment 20141027

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject an argument and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 460 words.

Assignment 20141026

Given the character of a small bug, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a confession and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 280 words.

Assignment 20141025

Given the character of a child, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 280 words.

Assignment 20141024

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 195 words.

Assignment 20141023

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a high adventure 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 210 words.

Assignment 20141022

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 175 words.

Assignment 20141021

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 345 words.

Assignment 20141020

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 360 words.

Assignment 20141019

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 305 words.

Assignment 20141018

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 175 words.

Assignment 20141017

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a warning to others 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 180 words.