Once upon a time, there was a girl in a boring college class. She always carried around this spiral notebook and darkened its pages with scribbled stories, quotes and whatnot.
On that particularly long day, the teacher was really killing the student leading her into murderous scenes. She wrote a very short short story where “you” was the killer and “she” was a vampire.
The killer was the worst of them all: police inspector, rapist, pedophile and necrophiliac to top it off. Why go halfway? The vampire chose him as lunch and drank him after describing the latest murder.
Dark times they were, indeed.
Years later, the girl stumbled upon a short story contest in a local magazine published by the editor of her favorite books. It called for dark stories. “Hey, she thought. I could reuse that old one and explore it further.”
She began to write “Tu(e)”, a title that ought to be explain to English readers. “Tu” is the French word for a singular “you” (“vous” would be the plural form). “Tue” is the imperative form of the verb “tuer”, to kill. So basically, the title is a play on word that states the core of the story: “you kill”.
Based on the original short short, the girl devised a more complex story where “I” was a private investigator, “she” was the woman who paid “I”, and “you” was still the killer. Vampires were out.
She never completed that story.
Years later – again -, a few rich images assaulted the girl, in the middle of the night. They mixed ideas from Tu(e) with the psychic aspect of the novel she was working on and altogether new creative avenues. She crawled out of her bed to write them down.
When morning came, she realized that she had found the door to the story she was looking for to fulfill that blog project she had in mind. She threw a bunch of ideas branching from the original midnight post-it note and spread them all around. She picked her best course of action, reorganized other post-it notes, and took a step back to look at her creative wall.
There it was: Cassidy’s story.
The lesson in all this is that you should never ever throw ideas away, nor force them in one direction because that’s what you originally planned for them. You cannot know when and how ideas can morph into something richer, bigger and more enticing than before.
Keep ideas in the back of your mind, let them stew and when a wonderful smell comes teasing you, find your way back into their wonders.
That midnight post-it note turned into what you now know as the Prologue.