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 20150527

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 345 words.

Assignment 20150526

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a satire and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 455 words.

Assignment 20150525

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, do not use any words longer than four letters.

Your word limit is 235 words.

Assignment 20150524

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 145 words.

Assignment 20150523

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 285 words.

Assignment 20150522

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 300 words.

Assignment 20150521

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 275 words.

Assignment 20150520

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject a tall tale 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 255 words.

Assignment 20150519

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 275 words.

Assignment 20150518

Given the character of a child, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 405 words.

Assignment 20150517

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a biography and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 390 words.

Assignment 20150516

Given the character of a small bug, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject an argument and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 445 words.

Assignment 20150515

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 360 words.

Assignment 20150514

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the a comic book script genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 145 words.

Assignment 20150513

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a warning to others and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 135 words.