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 20160726

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 490 words.

Assignment 20160725

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 455 words.

Assignment 20160724

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 160 words.

Assignment 20160723

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a satire and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 470 words.

Assignment 20160722

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 330 words.

Assignment 20160721

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 120 words.

Assignment 20160720

Given the character of two arguing twins, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject an argument and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 220 words.

Assignment 20160719

Given the character of a child, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 110 words.

Assignment 20160718

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 380 words.

Assignment 20160717

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 465 words.

Assignment 20160716

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 245 words.

Assignment 20160715

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a biography and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 115 words.

Assignment 20160714

Given the character of three thieves, 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 no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 85 words.

Assignment 20160713

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 195 words.

Assignment 20160712

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 95 words.