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This post is Part 1 of a series to augment the Author's Manifesto available for free download.
This and other inspirations of mine are gathered in the Spark Directory for you to explore.
I create maps as part of my writing process. While planning a new book, I map the whole of the Known World and percolate ideas for the upcoming story. Before drafting each section of the book, I also map an important or conceptually relevant area of my world. And before I revise each chapter of the book, I map an area featured within that chapter.
This mapping serves as an inspiration tool, allowing me to ruminate over the upcoming content in a fun and productive way. During the long and arduous revision stage, mapping also provides a much-needed respite from my intense editing frenzy. And in many ways, creating a new map is my reward for completing edits on the previous chapter, motivating me to keep at it.
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Ultimately, mapping an area heightens my sense of the story's setting, regardless of my stage in the writing process. When I started Awakening, the first thing I did was sketch a map of the world. Then I invented my characters, using the map to help define cultural backgrounds and regional histories. After discovering the hidden details my first map evoked, I decided to integrate mapping into my writing process.
Mapping my world helps bring my stories into sharper focus, and maps are a great way to share my passion with others. The images serve as a swift gateway for new fans to connect with my Tales of the Known World saga. And since mapping is such a powerful tool, I now provide cartography services to fellow storytellers, so they too can enjoy the awesome benefits of making a map.
That's it for this post! Up Next: Why every story deserves a map...
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