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 20150730

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 145 words.

Assignment 20150729

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 160 words.

Assignment 20150728

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 315 words.

Assignment 20150727

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 80 words.

Assignment 20150726

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject a biography and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 180 words.

Assignment 20150725

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 340 words.

Assignment 20150724

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 185 words.

Assignment 20150723

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject an argument and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 320 words.

Assignment 20150722

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 120 words.

Assignment 20150721

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a confession and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 295 words.

Assignment 20150720

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject a satire and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 420 words.

Assignment 20150719

Given the character of a mythological figure, 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 310 words.

Assignment 20150718

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 295 words.

Assignment 20150717

Given the character of two arguing twins, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a public service announcement 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 115 words.

Assignment 20150716

Given the character of a wise old owl, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 140 words.