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 20170325

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

Your word limit is 160 words.

Assignment 20170324

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 60 words.

Assignment 20170323

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 145 words.

Assignment 20170322

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 275 words.

Assignment 20170321

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 65 words.

Assignment 20170320

Given the character of your grandparents, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a confession 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 110 words.

Assignment 20170319

Given the character of a small bug, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 70 words.

Assignment 20170318

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 400 words.

Assignment 20170317

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 155 words.

Assignment 20170316

Given the character of a clown, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 90 words.

Assignment 20170315

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject an argument and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 285 words.

Assignment 20170314

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a love story and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 265 words.

Assignment 20170313

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 260 words.

Assignment 20170312

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a character description and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 65 words.

Assignment 20170311

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 250 words.