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 20150418

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a satire and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 455 words.

Assignment 20150417

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 390 words.

Assignment 20150416

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 365 words.

Assignment 20150415

Given the character of a child, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 430 words.

Assignment 20150414

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 170 words.

Assignment 20150413

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 280 words.

Assignment 20150412

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 160 words.

Assignment 20150411

Given the character of your grandparents, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a character description and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 210 words.

Assignment 20150410

Given the character of a clown, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 450 words.

Assignment 20150409

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a love story and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 480 words.

Assignment 20150408

Given the character of a wise old owl, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a biography and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 470 words.

Assignment 20150407

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 160 words.

Assignment 20150406

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 140 words.

Assignment 20150405

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 450 words.

Assignment 20150404

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 260 words.