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 20180718

Given the character of a precocious kindergartener, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 215 words.

Assignment 20180717

Given the character of a medical resident, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 385 words.

Assignment 20180716

Given the character of a street vendor, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a satire and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 100 words.

Assignment 20180715

Given the character of a grumpy neighbor, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a character description and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 85 words.

Assignment 20180714

Given the character of a new bride, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a biography and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 460 words.

Assignment 20180713

Given the character of a ghost who likes puns, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 405 words.

Assignment 20180712

Given the character of a writing teacher, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 480 words.

Assignment 20180711

Given the character of a neighborhood kid, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a love story and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 365 words.

Assignment 20180710

Given the character of your mother, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 420 words.

Assignment 20180709

Given the character of a genie from a lamp, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 300 words.

Assignment 20180708

Given the character of a new graduate, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 475 words.

Assignment 20180707

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 305 words.

Assignment 20180706

Given the character of a grocery store clerk, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it 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 160 words.

Assignment 20180705

Given the character of a movie producer, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 195 words.

Assignment 20180704

Given the character of a medical resident, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 310 words.