Genre tips

#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Microfiction

The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I did this last year, found it way to busy for the likes of me, and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.

My topic, like the last two times I did the conventional approach, will be writing genres.

This genre:



tells a story in 300 words or less; a subset of flash fiction and similar to Twitter novels. Here’s an example:

My One Day at the Donut Factory

“Holes. You were supposed to make holes in them.”

Tipsa to z

  1. Look at your prose and determine what’s essential and what isn’t; what’s redundant and what isn’t.
  2. The key to microfiction is efficiency of text. Don’t tell less of a story, and don’t summarize the story. Make careful word and phrase choices.
  3. There should be a hook, and a sense that something important happens.
  4. Start in the middle. You don’t have time in this very short form to set scenes and build character.
  5. Don’t use too many characters.
  6. Make sure the character grows from start to end.
  7. Make sure the ending isn’t at the end.
  8. Write a great title–spend time on it.
  9. Make your last line an extraordinary hook.
  10. Write a long story and shorten it to 300 words.

Popular Books

  1. Lydia Davis’ stories
  2. With One Wheel Gone Wrong by A.M. Homes
  3. Her Number by Antonya Nelson
  4. A collection of 20 — entertaining, mostly humorous

Click for complete list of these 26 genres

Click for a complete list of all genres I’ve written about

More M Genres:

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Fall 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

50 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Microfiction

  1. Hi Jacqui – Microfiction .. .I quite like that idea … but know about drabbles … so it’d be interesting to try one day … must do something soon – cheers Hilary

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