Maps! Maps! Maps!

Maps. They’re sometimes artifacts, often art, hopefully tools, and all wrapped in a bit of magic. They’re a fantasy writers friend, but too often cursed to the point of phobia. I fell in love with maps as a child flipping through reference books, but that love isn’t shared by all. I’ve heard the objections:

“I’m a writer, not a cartographer.”
“What do I know about making maps?”
“Maps? That’s like an artistic thing.”
“Oh great, another thing I have to hire out along with my cover.”
“I know what’s in my world. Why do I need a map?”

So, do you need a map? Absolutely not. You needs lots of maps, maps of every kind rendered with any level of skill. I’m first and foremost a writer, and though I’ve always adored maps…make one? Are you kidding? Me?

1st Carrdia Map (2000), CA Hawthorne.

Yes!

Maps are your world in physical form. Let them help you.

In the beginning I realized I was already making maps anyway, but often used other descriptive terms like sketch or diagram. Sure, maps are visual aids for readers, but they’re also invaluable to writers as resources, world building aids, characters, and advertising. A symbiotic relationship exists between world building and maps and once I was opened up to the why I became curious about the how.

Let’s ease you into the world of maps by exploring the ways maps can serve you…

To read the remainder of this post and see more examples please join me on the website HERE.

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About Ontyre Passages

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.
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