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 20141218

Given the character of two arguing twins, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 445 words.

Assignment 20141217

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 100 words.

Assignment 20141216

Given the character of your grandparents, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 455 words.

Assignment 20141215

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 480 words.

Assignment 20141214

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a love story and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 105 words.

Assignment 20141213

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 430 words.

Assignment 20141212

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 340 words.

Assignment 20141211

Given the character of a small bug, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject a biography and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 125 words.

Assignment 20141210

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 495 words.

Assignment 20141209

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 410 words.

Assignment 20141208

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 320 words.

Assignment 20141207

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 140 words.

Assignment 20141206

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 270 words.

Assignment 20141205

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 390 words.

Assignment 20141204

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a character description and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 175 words.