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 20171018

Given the character of a robot balladeer, 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, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 170 words.

Assignment 20171017

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a satire and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 305 words.

Assignment 20171016

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 290 words.

Assignment 20171015

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 210 words.

Assignment 20171014

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 205 words.

Assignment 20171013

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 315 words.

Assignment 20171012

Given the character of a wise old owl, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject a biography and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 445 words.

Assignment 20171011

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 210 words.

Assignment 20171010

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a love story and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 385 words.

Assignment 20171009

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 170 words.

Assignment 20171008

Given the character of a clown, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a character description and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 260 words.

Assignment 20171007

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 210 words.

Assignment 20171006

Given the character of two arguing twins, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 375 words.

Assignment 20171005

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject an argument and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 400 words.

Assignment 20171004

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 340 words.