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 20160629

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 375 words.

Assignment 20160628

Given the character of a child, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 420 words.

Assignment 20160627

Given the character of your grandparents, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject a character description and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 275 words.

Assignment 20160626

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a confession and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 75 words.

Assignment 20160625

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a satire and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 225 words.

Assignment 20160624

Given the character of a clown, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 85 words.

Assignment 20160623

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 60 words.

Assignment 20160622

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 455 words.

Assignment 20160621

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 the storyline for a music video and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 495 words.

Assignment 20160620

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 245 words.

Assignment 20160619

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

Your word limit is 230 words.

Assignment 20160618

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the a comic book script 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 newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 100 words.

Assignment 20160617

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a biography and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 425 words.

Assignment 20160616

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 225 words.

Assignment 20160615

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 225 words.