It’s 2034. The literary world is ecstatic. Movie producers can’t wait to bid on film rights. Belton Fisher, a chef in Des Moines, Iowa, is writing a novel.
Publishing houses have been starved for fiction. The steady stream of submissions dried up years ago. Writers felt the important themes had already been fully explored, and decided they could do more for the world by pursuing careers in medicine and social work.
Readers are desperate.
“There hasn’t been a new novel in eleven years,” lamented landscape architect Charlotte Grossi of Peoria, Illinois. “I miss my love stories, the mysteries, the serious work, too, like ‘The Bridges of Madison County.’”
Fisher, who’s been besieged by agents wanting to represent him and by the news media, promises he’ll submit his work “within weeks.”
Despite repeated requests, he declined to say anything about the book’s plot or characters. But a dishwasher at the diner where Fisher works the 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift revealed that the book will explore the complex emotions of a woman from the Midwest who travels to Manhattan seeking work with an ad agency but encounters many difficulties, including a failed romance with a bond broker.
Such an original approach promises to spark sales, already brisk with pre-publication orders.
Bookstores such as this one are already making plans to empty several shelves to provide room for Fisher’s eagerly awaited novel.
Fisher, excited by all the attention, bought a new Ford F-850 self-driving crew cab pickup truck, and is remodeling his living room and den in anticipation of a big boost in income.
This promises to be a golden year for creative writing.
In addition to Fisher’s book, it has been widely reported that 19-year-old Tyler Briggs of Stockton, California, is writing two lengthy poems about lost love, his search for meaning, and childhood unhappiness.
The creative leap that led to expressing such raw emotions in verse has stunned the writing world, and literary magazines are lining up to spend large sums when the poems are finished.