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 20141123

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 455 words.

Assignment 20141122

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a confession and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 375 words.

Assignment 20141121

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a biography and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 455 words.

Assignment 20141120

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 325 words.

Assignment 20141119

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 90 words.

Assignment 20141118

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 365 words.

Assignment 20141117

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 185 words.

Assignment 20141116

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 390 words.

Assignment 20141115

Given the character of a clown, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a love story and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 120 words.

Assignment 20141114

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 330 words.

Assignment 20141113

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 445 words.

Assignment 20141112

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject an argument and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 235 words.

Assignment 20141111

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 205 words.

Assignment 20141110

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 465 words.

Assignment 20141109

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 200 words.