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 20170221

Given the character of a wise monkey, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme pure amusement. If you feel extra creative, use as many puns as possible.

Your word limit is 65 words.

Assignment 20170220

Given the character of a kitchen appliance, write a story in the gothic romance 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 55 words.

Assignment 20170219

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a campfire story and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write acrostically.

Your word limit is 120 words.

Assignment 20170218

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, use as many cliches as possible.

Your word limit is 385 words.

Assignment 20170217

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the horror genre, using the subject how a boring history book might describe it and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write in a dialect.

Your word limit is 335 words.

Assignment 20170216

Given the character of an inanimate object, write a story in the back of the box instructions genre, using the subject a character description 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 165 words.

Assignment 20170215

Given the character of a small bug, write a story in the space opera genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 235 words.

Assignment 20170214

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the teen-speak genre, using the subject a satire and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 455 words.

Assignment 20170213

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the words scribbled in the margin of another book genre, using the subject an argument and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, add another character of your choice.

Your word limit is 260 words.

Assignment 20170212

Given the character of a child, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a funny anecdote and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use only conversation.

Your word limit is 335 words.

Assignment 20170211

Given the character of your grandparents, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 475 words.

Assignment 20170210

Given the character of a single mother, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject improvisational conversation and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 495 words.

Assignment 20170209

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the fan fiction genre, using the subject a high adventure and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 350 words.

Assignment 20170208

Given the character of a wise old owl, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a fight over another character and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, use awkward comparisons and images.

Your word limit is 165 words.

Assignment 20170207

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 325 words.