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 20150827

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 275 words.

Assignment 20150826

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 50 words.

Assignment 20150825

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 255 words.

Assignment 20150824

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 370 words.

Assignment 20150823

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject an argument and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 480 words.

Assignment 20150822

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 125 words.

Assignment 20150821

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 455 words.

Assignment 20150820

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 145 words.

Assignment 20150819

Given the character of a child, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 320 words.

Assignment 20150818

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

Your word limit is 245 words.

Assignment 20150817

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 495 words.

Assignment 20150816

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a biography and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 485 words.

Assignment 20150815

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 315 words.

Assignment 20150814

Given the character of a wise old owl, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 350 words.

Assignment 20150813

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 290 words.