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 20190122

Given the character of an artificial intelligence, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 160 words.

Assignment 20190121

Given the character of your best friend, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 265 words.

Assignment 20190120

Given the character of a genie from a lamp, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject a satire and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 235 words.

Assignment 20190119

Given the character of a new bride, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject a fairy tale and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 50 words.

Assignment 20190118

Given the character of a failed clown, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 415 words.

Assignment 20190117

Given the character of a grumpy neighbor, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 50 words.

Assignment 20190116

Given the character of a movie producer, write a story in the a Twitter conversation genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 380 words.

Assignment 20190115

Given the character of a street vendor, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject a character description and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 390 words.

Assignment 20190114

Given the character of your father, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 390 words.

Assignment 20190113

Given the character of a medical resident, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a biography and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 210 words.

Assignment 20190112

Given the character of a grocery store clerk, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 490 words.

Assignment 20190111

Given the character of a superhero, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a confession and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write in dialect.

Your word limit is 205 words.

Assignment 20190110

Given the character of a talking horse, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 65 words.

Assignment 20190109

Given the character of the Pope, write a story in the magical reality genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 170 words.

Assignment 20190108

Given the character of a new graduate, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 70 words.