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 20171216

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 180 words.

Assignment 20171215

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 450 words.

Assignment 20171214

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject a confession and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 265 words.

Assignment 20171213

Given the character of a small bug, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 295 words.

Assignment 20171212

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 260 words.

Assignment 20171211

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 60 words.

Assignment 20171210

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 television commercial and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 115 words.

Assignment 20171209

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the steampunk 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 75 words.

Assignment 20171208

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 400 words.

Assignment 20171207

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 155 words.

Assignment 20171206

Given the character of a wise old owl, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a biography and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 320 words.

Assignment 20171205

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 160 words.

Assignment 20171204

Given the character of a child, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 50 words.

Assignment 20171203

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 195 words.

Assignment 20171202

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a love story and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 255 words.