Maps. Ever since I first opened up The Lord of the Rings, to be greeted by a beautifully detailed map of Middle Earth, I’ve been in love with maps in books. Even before that, though, while I never did much with maps, I still liked looking at them. To me, a map has always signaled adventure, someone heading out into the great unknown, relying solely on a piece of paper to guide them. As much as I’m grateful for technology (I’d never get anywhere without my trusty GPS!), it just doesn’t have the same feeling. As I started writing, I started making my own maps of my worlds. I recall spending over 10 hours at one point, faithfully recreating one of my fantasy world maps on a frail piece of rice paper my grandma (an artist) had given me. I used a dipped-ink calligraphy pen and signed it ‘Cartographer’s Apprentice’. At some point, I discovered maps were more than just pretty additions to books. If I had a hard time keeping track of where characters were at during, say, a raid, or a heist, I started sketching out quick maps to help me get a handle on the layout of the area. I often still do this, especially for a scene where multiple characters are moving around a lot. It helps to keep them from magically teleporting from one side of the room to the other, or ghosting through each other. Do you like to use maps to help you keep track of characters?
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