The Autumn Plot – Part 1 #WriteTribe

Twiddling thumbs. Cavalier concentration. Unstifled yawns.

He looked away from the notebook, set down the pen and exhaled loudly. The girl sitting directly opposite him glared angrily at him. He pretended not to notice. He had many things to worry about, the main problem plaguing him and his reputation. And he had just one month to redeem himself. 

It seemed like a joke: his debut novel, a best-seller in two continents and critically acclaimed worldwide stood proudly on the bookshelf behind the girl. He had felt so happy about this accomplishment, that he had happily signed a three book contract with the publisher of his debut book. All to be completed within five years. The day the publisher had called up and asked for the final draft of the second book seemed like yesterday. But in reality, that day had passed by eight months ago.

He looked at the scratched out lines on his notebook. Beneath them was the 32nd outline he had thought of till now. He flipped the pages and sighed.

There was a distinct thud, and the girl opposite the author said in a loud angry whisper, “Listen here, Mr. who-ever—you-are. I’m trying to work on my thesis: whether rabbits love rainbows. If you could just go home and sigh yourself to sleep, it would do me a lot of good! You’re a waste of space!” She shouted the last three syllables of the sentence.

The author merely raised his right eyebrow in a perfectly comical arch. He started packing his notebook and stationery into a blue backpack. Standing up, he asked the girl, “Do you need me to get some books to your desk? I promise I don’t sigh when I’m satisfactorily employed.” He grinned in that charming manner which makes young girls gag and old women swoon. “No thank you. But you could keep these books back, and then leave me in peace.” The girl went back to furiously jotting down notes at a breakneck speed.


He knocked at the door repeatedly. Five minutes passed, and the author’s wife opened the door, out of breath. “You’ve arrived early?”

He chose not to reply, as he knew that it would only exacerbate the pain of not being able to accomplish anything. Pushing past her, he walked directly to the master bedroom. And then set off for a nice warm bath.

The wife had anticipated a day when the visits to the library would become short, and then infrequent. Of course, she read the notebook in her husband’s backpack when he was in the bathroom. She knew how to correctly decipher the uncountable scratched-out lines. Some of the ideas were good, some unrealistic, and some too boring. She never tried to bring up the topic during mealtimes. But occasionally dropped hints as to what could have been better in the plot. This was studiously ignored by her husband.

She frowned a little, and then went to the kitchen to prepare a quick dinner. She had half-an-hour to toss up some vegetables in extra virgin olive oil and mix it in with some homemade pasta sauce. She added the boiled whole wheat pasta last, and then served it in bowls. Placing the bowls on the dining table, she took a deep breath, and prepared herself for another silent dinner.

Read Part 2 here


Hello! If you are wondering what this fiction post is about, head over to Write Tribe‘s blog and join the Fifth Edition of the Festival Of Words!

I have selected the theme Fiction (though there really isn’t need for any). The story revolves around an author, who is trying to rework his debutante magic into his second novel.

Watch this space and follow his journey to the perfect plot!

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29 Comments Add yours

  1. Suzy says:

    Sounds interesting. looking forward to part 2

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Thank you Suzy 😃

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  2. kalaravi16 says:

    Hmm, a writer does tend to live in his own head and ignore the rest of the world doesn’t he? Looking forward to the development of the plot for the new book, maybe I’ll pick up a trick or two!

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      True that! It’s like we writers get into a cocoon of our own making while we write!
      Thank you Kala! I assure you that you will love the journey to the perfect plot😃

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  3. Dashy says:

    Interesting start, looking forward for more. 🙂

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Thank you Darshana 😃

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  4. Shilpa Garg says:

    That’s an interesting story line. I will be back to know how he handles the writer’s block. A great start to the WT Festival of Words, Mithila 🙂

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      That will be super amazing, Shilpa! I would like to have your opinion on my fiction post! It’s the first time I’m doing fiction for a challenge, you know. I just hope it goes well! 😃

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  5. Eli Ert says:

    Hey, that was a promising start- will come by for more and see where this is headed:-) Best of luck:-)

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Thank you so much, Eli! I do hope you like the story 😃

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  6. Well, well, waiting for the “silent” dinner…..:)

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Tomorrow will be just amazing, the scene shifts to the author’s office and his day job! Stay tuned!
      Thank you Sunaina 😃

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  7. Rajlakshmi says:

    awesome start to FOW. I am already loving the storyline. Waiting for more.

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Thank you Rajlakshmi! Do stay tuned till the very end 😃

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  8. Making an appealing story plotline does not come easily, um, it’s a hell of a task.
    Happy writing.

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      True, I pretty much felt what the author in my story feels too! I hope you like the story. Thank you for reading, Prasanna 😃

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  9. Parul Thakur says:

    Absolutely fabulous like you are. I think “rabbits and rainbow” and that girl. Something will brew. Good one and fantastic kick off. Looking forward to more Mithila.

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      There surely is more to come from that girl! Just can’t wait for the days to fly by, and for the posts to get published!
      Thank you Parul for stopping by! 😃

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  10. Author’s story? This sounds interesting. Looking forward to what happens next.

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      That would be amazing! Do stay tuned till the very end of this story, Reema 😃

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  11. Great start! Sounds interesting…I’m actually looking forward to the next one now 🙂

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      I hope I do not disappoint, Esha. Glad you read this post 😃

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  12. Survivor says:

    A fictitious story about a fiction writer. Interesting!

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Thank you 😃

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  13. Interesting! 🙂

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  14. Interesting Start. Looking forward for more…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Thank you Sheethal! 😃

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  15. Vinay Leo R. says:

    Wonder what role the haughty thesis writing girl will play in future parts… * off to part 2 *

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      She plays too significant a part 😀
      Thank you Vinay 😀

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