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 20140415

Given the character of your grandparents, write a story in the a really bad poem genre, using the subject a short debate and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, use no adverbs.

Your word limit is 245 words.

Assignment 20140414

Given the character of an arsonist, write a story in the steampunk genre, using the subject the storyline for a music video and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, rhyme badly.

Your word limit is 465 words.

Assignment 20140413

Given the character of a talking frying pan, write a story in the romance genre, using the subject a biography and the theme an exhortation to hope. If you feel extra creative, write from the ending first.

Your word limit is 315 words.

Assignment 20140412

Given the character of a historical figure, write a story in the overheard on public transportation genre, using the subject a public service announcement and the theme coming of age. If you feel extra creative, write in rhyming couplets.

Your word limit is 140 words.

Assignment 20140411

Given the character of the wind, write a story in the superhero story genre, using the subject a confession and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, hit the word limit exactly.

Your word limit is 470 words.

Assignment 20140410

Given the character of three thieves, write a story in the historical fiction genre, using the subject a philosophical treatise and the theme a "just so" story. If you feel extra creative, start every sentence with the same letter.

Your word limit is 65 words.

Assignment 20140409

Given the character of a cowboy, write a story in the contemporary fiction genre, using the subject metafiction about fiction and the theme a warning. If you feel extra creative, use no words (besides articles and pronouns) shorter than five letters.

Your word limit is 425 words.

Assignment 20140408

Given the character of a lottery winner, write a story in the technical writing genre, using the subject a retelling of a conversation and the theme a fable with a moral. If you feel extra creative, use a character from another work you've read.

Your word limit is 345 words.

Assignment 20140407

Given the character of two arguing twins, write a story in the the back of a cereal box genre, using the subject a tall tale and the theme man versus man. If you feel extra creative, have the characters take no action besides thinking or speaking.

Your word limit is 260 words.

Assignment 20140406

Given the character of a talking animal, write a story in the magical reality 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 145 words.

Assignment 20140405

Given the character of a robot balladeer, write a story in the what radio people say when the microphones are off genre, using the subject a television commercial and the theme man versus himself. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a newspaper columnist.

Your word limit is 340 words.

Assignment 20140404

Given the character of a body builder, write a story in the a marketing brochure genre, using the subject a love story and the theme man versus the supernatural. If you feel extra creative, rhyme well.

Your word limit is 480 words.

Assignment 20140403

Given the character of an oyster, write a story in the chick literature genre, using the subject a satire and the theme man versus nature. If you feel extra creative, write dialog only in questions.

Your word limit is 265 words.

Assignment 20140402

Given the character of the king of a foreign land, write a story in the text message genre, using the subject a one-up contest and the theme bizarre happenings. If you feel extra creative, write from the point of view of a first grader.

Your word limit is 445 words.

Assignment 20140401

Given the character of a mysterious stranger, write a story in the gothic romance genre, using the subject a retelling of a Shakespeare play and the theme a prophecy. If you feel extra creative, add another genre of your choice.

Your word limit is 190 words.