Map making is an art in itself. It’s fun, yes, but it’s not as easy as it seems. Creating a map is like writing the first draft of a novel. You’ll most likely have to do it over a couple of times until you get this right and every place has a special spot.
Do You Need A Map?
Depending on your story, you may not need a map. If your story remains in one location, maybe two or three, then you most likely don’t need a map.
However, if you’re writing a series, if your characters are traveling a lot throughout the world, or even if you just mention a lot of names and certain characters live in different areas, then you may need a map.
How To Create A Map
1. Make a list of people and places.
Think about the countries, the cities inside them, and the people who reside in each city. If you have different races of people, like Lord of the Rings, for example, they may live in certain areas of the world.
2. Create a general shape and size of your world.
Draw an outline of the world and then you can start forming smaller shapes on the inside. Then you plug in the names of the countries and cities.
3. Think of the terrain.
Where are the oceans, rivers, and lakes? What about the mountains? Are there any rainforests or deserts? Draw those in. Keep in mind the weather and the seasons.
Tips For Creating Your Map
1. Decide what kind of map you want.
There are different kinds of maps such as physical maps (the one you’d most likely use), topographic maps, road maps, climate maps, and a lot more. What information do you want your readers to get out of looking at the map?
2. Study geography
There are plenty of map making tools on the internet, but if you draw your map, you want it to look as realistic as possible. Take a look at real maps and get a feel for how they show mountains and more.
How do you create maps for your worlds? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to chat! If you enjoyed this post, please share it around.