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 20190319

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the romance 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 ending first.

Your word limit is 285 words.

Assignment 20190318

Given the character of a movie producer, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 400 words.

Assignment 20190317

Given the character of a ghost who likes puns, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 350 words.

Assignment 20190316

Given the character of a grocery store clerk, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 360 words.

Assignment 20190315

Given the character of a medical resident, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject a character description and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 270 words.

Assignment 20190314

Given the character of a street vendor, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a confession and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 95 words.

Assignment 20190313

Given the character of a talking horse, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 240 words.

Assignment 20190312

Given the character of your best friend, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 55 words.

Assignment 20190311

Given the character of a racecar driver, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 180 words.

Assignment 20190310

Given the character of a new graduate, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a love story and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 240 words.

Assignment 20190309

Given the character of a failed clown, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 175 words.

Assignment 20190308

Given the character of a neighborhood kid, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 420 words.

Assignment 20190307

Given the character of a friendly dog, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a biography and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 90 words.

Assignment 20190306

Given the character of a superhero, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 425 words.

Assignment 20190305

Given the character of a goth, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 315 words.