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 20190720

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 305 words.

Assignment 20190719

Given the character of a superhero, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject a biography and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 430 words.

Assignment 20190718

Given the character of a talking horse, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 160 words.

Assignment 20190717

Given the character of a new graduate, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a character description and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 225 words.

Assignment 20190716

Given the character of a friendly dog, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 80 words.

Assignment 20190715

Given the character of a writing teacher, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 180 words.

Assignment 20190714

Given the character of an artificial intelligence, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 315 words.

Assignment 20190713

Given the character of a grumpy neighbor, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 295 words.

Assignment 20190712

Given the character of a ghost who likes puns, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a love story and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 445 words.

Assignment 20190711

Given the character of your mother, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 220 words.

Assignment 20190710

Given the character of your best friend, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 50 words.

Assignment 20190709

Given the character of a grocery store clerk, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 270 words.

Assignment 20190708

Given the character of your father, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 355 words.

Assignment 20190707

Given the character of a genie from a lamp, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 390 words.

Assignment 20190706

Given the character of a superhero, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 170 words.