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 20181121

Given the character of your father, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject an argument and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 115 words.

Assignment 20181120

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

Your word limit is 360 words.

Assignment 20181119

Given the character of a street vendor, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 140 words.

Assignment 20181118

Given the character of your best friend, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a love story and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 320 words.

Assignment 20181117

Given the character of a new graduate, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 300 words.

Assignment 20181116

Given the character of a talking horse, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 170 words.

Assignment 20181115

Given the character of an artificial intelligence, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 165 words.

Assignment 20181114

Given the character of a goth, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 450 words.

Assignment 20181113

Given the character of a racecar driver, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a confession and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 100 words.

Assignment 20181112

Given the character of a friendly dog, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject a satire and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 290 words.

Assignment 20181111

Given the character of a grumpy neighbor, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a funny anecdote 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 190 words.

Assignment 20181110

Given the character of the Pope, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 435 words.

Assignment 20181109

Given the character of a genie from a lamp, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 50 words.

Assignment 20181108

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 445 words.

Assignment 20181107

Given the character of a neighborhood kid, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 140 words.