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 20170118

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 170 words.

Assignment 20170117

Given the character of your grandparents, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a biography and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 280 words.

Assignment 20170116

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 85 words.

Assignment 20170115

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 405 words.

Assignment 20170114

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 440 words.

Assignment 20170113

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 215 words.

Assignment 20170112

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject an argument and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 75 words.

Assignment 20170111

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 265 words.

Assignment 20170110

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

Your word limit is 340 words.

Assignment 20170109

Given the character of a wise old owl, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 85 words.

Assignment 20170108

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 350 words.

Assignment 20170107

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 325 words.

Assignment 20170106

Given the character of a clown, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 55 words.

Assignment 20170105

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 275 words.

Assignment 20170104

Given the character of a small bug, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 485 words.