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 20161205

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject a confession and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 240 words.

Assignment 20161204

Given the character of a child, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a satire and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 390 words.

Assignment 20161203

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 140 words.

Assignment 20161202

Given the character of a small bug, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 400 words.

Assignment 20161201

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 420 words.

Assignment 20161130

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 310 words.

Assignment 20161129

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 395 words.

Assignment 20161128

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 290 words.

Assignment 20161127

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a biography and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 370 words.

Assignment 20161126

Given the character of two arguing twins, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject an argument and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 205 words.

Assignment 20161125

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 210 words.

Assignment 20161124

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 435 words.

Assignment 20161123

Given the character of your grandparents, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 270 words.

Assignment 20161122

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 310 words.

Assignment 20161121

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a character description and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 295 words.