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 20170428

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject an argument and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 445 words.

Assignment 20170427

Given the character of two arguing twins, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 220 words.

Assignment 20170426

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 150 words.

Assignment 20170425

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a love story and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 70 words.

Assignment 20170424

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 420 words.

Assignment 20170423

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a confession and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 335 words.

Assignment 20170422

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 355 words.

Assignment 20170421

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a satire and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 80 words.

Assignment 20170420

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 490 words.

Assignment 20170419

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 495 words.

Assignment 20170418

Given the character of a wise old owl, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 490 words.

Assignment 20170417

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 495 words.

Assignment 20170416

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 375 words.

Assignment 20170415

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 370 words.

Assignment 20170414

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 445 words.