The Autumn Plot – Part 2 #WriteTribe

Read Part 1 here.

The next morning was similar to all the mornings he had lived in his five year career as a portfolio manager. He woke up at 7 a.m. Till  8 a.m., he read up some articles from the Economic Times, searched for opportunities and gauged the market’s direction for the day. At 8 a.m. sharp he left for office, and he was in the line for his cup of java at 8.15 a.m. He picked up a cup of coffee from Starbucks, strolled around the shop, completing five perfect perambulations as he drained the last sip of his Iced Cafe Latte. He then headed to a tall glass building, his destination being the fifth flour, North wing. The elevator dinged at exactly 8.40 a.m. 

As the manager stepped out of the elevator, he reminisced about something his wife had said when he started working on the outline of the second draft. “Honey, it’s okay if this novel doesn’t get as famous as your first. I will love you no matter what.” A pause. “but you will buy me that diamond studded Cartier watch as a birthday gift, right?” He smiled, and reminded himself to place the order for it online.

And then as if the above thought acted as a trigger to his brain, a new idea for the outline popped up in his brain – A spendthrift lady gets caught in a shoplifting incident by mistake. It actually is a sinister plan to push off an explosive device into her custody. The unbelieving police ignore her warnings about a beeping light and a tick-tock of a timer. They have sufficient proof that she is in debt. How does she manage to save the world?

“I’ll be damned if the story lasts beyond a few pages,” he muttered to himself, kicking the door open. Brushing the thoughts of defeat out of his head, he monitored the market situation, and checked the stocks that the company usually dealt in for clients.

Three hours passed, and he was completely absorbed in his work. He took a quick lunch break at his desk. And swivelling to face the glass windows again, he dozed off.

Another idea popped up in a dream – A multi-millionaire dies, and leaves behind pots of wealth and estranged siblings. An industrious daughter who can build a tycoon from scratch and a jobless son who’d rather get wasted than spend his money on anything constructive. The story of how they both prosper, even though the odds are totally against the son.

He had just stumbled across a great twist in the tale, when the secretary shut the door. A perfectly normal noise, although the manager felt it was too loud. Now that the twist in the tale had vanished into thin air, the outline had to be scrapped altogether.

He shook his head and swivelled back to face the table. Lifting up the pot of coffee, he poured it into the waste paper basket. It was his idea of proactively releasing his temper.

Read Part 3 here


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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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26 Comments Add yours

  1. Parul Thakur says:

    So he is trying but like it happens, nothing striking yet. Good one!

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      That’s what happens when you try too much to get a nice idea for any written work. It just doesn’t seem good enough!
      Thank you Parul 😃

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  2. Ramya says:

    Interesting.. looking forward To next part. ☺

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  3. The author is getting anxious! Nicely penned.

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  4. Suzy says:

    Writer’s block – sounds familiar. Getting interesting

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Thank you Suzy! 😃

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  5. Writer’s block!!!!

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Coupled with work timings and people who don’t understand that writers need silence at all times 😁

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  6. Dashy says:

    Relatable. Gets interesting.

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Thank you 😃

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  7. kalaravi16 says:

    Hmm, good ideas….but its still not THAT, is it? This should be interesting 🙂

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Yes, that such for THE perfect plot is just too painful, but extremely rewarding!
      Thank you Kala 😃

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  8. Rajlakshmi says:

    writer’s block can be pretty frustrating… specially when a deadline in looming. Waiting for next part 🙂

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      And when it happens to a person who has already published a bestselling novel, it is just added pressure!
      Thank you Rajlakshmi! 😃

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  9. I feel I am this person….my home his office….my kids the “loud” secretary…..thoughts come and desert me as my kids come up with their demands and fights….:D……the secretary ought to be punished…..make him sit through all the drafts….:P……

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      True, the home is noisy with kids around! And you cannot even lock yourself into a room and leave the children to their own devices. You have to bear with them!
      Thank you for stopping by, Sunaina! 😃

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  10. Writer’s block can be so frustrating…waiting for the next part now 🙂

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      It’s more like an idea block: there is the will to write, but no idea to write about!
      Thank you Esha! 😃

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  11. This happens right! You think about something and decide to write about it. Then there is some noise and it all goes away! Looking forward to the next part.

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Super true!
      Do check out the next part, it’s posted ! 😃

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  12. Aah! He is trying too hard! Can relate to his state of mind. Hope he comes out of it soon! Great going, Mithila 🙂

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      I’m sure you can guess what happens tomorrow. Or at least where the scene will take place. He usually goes to the library in the evening…
      Thank you Shilpa 😃

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  13. Tina Basu says:

    So the post is as fabulous as the blog! looking forward

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Do catch up with all three posts in the story, Tina. Thank you 😃

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  14. Vinay Leo R. says:

    Interesting. I like that the author gets so many ideas and keeps contemplating and rejecting them. It feels realistic. 🙂

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      A writer needs to examine each and every idea from all possible views, or else he faces the risk of realising a loophole after he starts writing a major chunk of the story!
      Thank you Vinay 😀

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