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 20140822

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, 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 "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 330 words.

Assignment 20140821

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 75 words.

Assignment 20140820

Given the character of a clown, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a confession and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 120 words.

Assignment 20140819

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 195 words.

Assignment 20140818

Given the character of your grandparents, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a character description and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, write only one sentence at a time.

Your word limit is 410 words.

Assignment 20140817

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 275 words.

Assignment 20140816

Given the character of a mythological figure, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 450 words.

Assignment 20140815

Given the character of a child, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 480 words.

Assignment 20140814

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the science fiction genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 50 words.

Assignment 20140813

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 245 words.

Assignment 20140812

Given the character of two arguing twins, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 100 words.

Assignment 20140811

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a biography and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 410 words.

Assignment 20140810

Given the character of a wise old owl, write a story in the chick literature 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 460 words.

Assignment 20140809

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a love story and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 380 words.

Assignment 20140808

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject an argument and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 60 words.