How writing a prelude can really help the book

Spent most of the day working on the outline in Dramatica for Sands of Time, the prelude to the book I am working on, and it is helping me with the book a lot more than I thought it would.

With this book, which I am tentatively calling Hallowed be Thy Name, I have started writing short stories for a lot of the back story instead of just writing notes about it. 

This prelude are the events that lead up to the start of the book, and explores why the book has to happen in the way it does.

Through working on this as a novelette that I will be giving away for free to subscribers of the newsletter, it is making me grapple with a lot of questions that I won't have had to answer otherwise.

I knew the gist of the story, but not exactly how it played out.  I am learning so much about the motivations of the lead characters Tancred and Seraph, and the discovery that sparks the book.

I am so glad I decided to write this story instead of just jotting down ideas in my notebook.  If you are a writer, I recommend you try this some time.  Turn your back story and research into stories.  It will change you so much for the better.