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 20160925

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 215 words.

Assignment 20160924

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 200 words.

Assignment 20160923

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 460 words.

Assignment 20160922

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a biography and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 155 words.

Assignment 20160921

Given the character of a clown, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 100 words.

Assignment 20160920

Given the character of your grandparents, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 275 words.

Assignment 20160919

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 440 words.

Assignment 20160918

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 385 words.

Assignment 20160917

Given the character of two arguing twins, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 70 words.

Assignment 20160916

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a love story and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 60 words.

Assignment 20160915

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a confession and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 380 words.

Assignment 20160914

Given the character of a wise old owl, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject an argument and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 155 words.

Assignment 20160913

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise 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 445 words.

Assignment 20160912

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 50 words.

Assignment 20160911

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 370 words.