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 20170817

Given the character of a child, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 275 words.

Assignment 20170816

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 50 words.

Assignment 20170815

Given the character of a wise old owl, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 365 words.

Assignment 20170814

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject a biography 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 125 words.

Assignment 20170813

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 445 words.

Assignment 20170812

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 215 words.

Assignment 20170811

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 410 words.

Assignment 20170810

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject a confession and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 65 words.

Assignment 20170809

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a satire and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 380 words.

Assignment 20170808

Given the character of a clown, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a love story and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 400 words.

Assignment 20170807

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 360 words.

Assignment 20170806

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject an argument and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 305 words.

Assignment 20170805

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 390 words.

Assignment 20170804

Given the character of your grandparents, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 390 words.

Assignment 20170803

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 220 words.