The Visual Know: A Map for NaNoWriMo

Another year. Another NaNoWriMo. Another pitch on my part to inspire writers to pen their fantasy novels using a map. Yes, a map. Here I go again talking about maps or, more specifically, your fantasy map. I want that others also enjoy the representation of their world and see how it takes on a new dimension. Suddenly, it’s easier to see the location they’re writing about, but it’s also easier to see the region around it and have that visual spark questions for your imagination.

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

The most common reason for not doing so is many writers are convinced they can’t draw a map. Really? Can you use Google Maps? Can you Google images of maps? Do you have an imagination and can summon characters and plot and an entire world out of your head? Are you seeing glimpses of your world when you’re planning for NaNo? If so, then the map is there waiting for you to sketch it…


To read the remainder of this post and see the first map I ever made, please join me on the website HERE.


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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