Fantasy Cartography

Published by Annûniel in the blog A Tale Told by an Idiot. Views: 93

One of the aspects of fantasy writing is the maps that you find in virtually all published novels. I always find myself flipping back to them to learn where things are located in relation to each other. So the creation of my own fantasy story can't be complete without its own map. I wouldn't think it would be an easy task by any measure, but I didn't imagine the amount of frustration that I get from attempting it.

I know that my frustrations stem from my own desires to satisfy my detail-oriented self. I'm not satisfied with just a rectangular block of land and water as most fantasy authors are. No, I have to have a fully designed map that could be placed on a globe... well within some reason. Only a small portion of it may end up in the book I'm writing, but I do plan on writing more books with this world.

This task is a lot more daunting than it sounds. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by it and have to stop to save my mind from frustrations. Other times, I grumble about wanting a tablet PC to make my life easier and keep everything proportionate. I could easily draw zoomed in and out versions of the same area, but it would take a considerably large amount of effort to keep them within the correct proportions without the aid of a computer. But drawing on a computer is virtually inconceivable for me. Thus, I am stuck with the frustrations of my own limitations.

While you only need a pen and paper (or keyboard and computer) to write, I could really use a Tablet PC and stylus to create maps.
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