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Browsing all articles tagged with maps.

Putting Fantasy On The Map

Putting Fantasy On The Map 

A while ago, I came across a wonderful spoof map of the fantasy land of Clichéa. For those who haven’t seen it before, you can find it below (click the picture to see a larger version). It features all the places that no self-respecting fantasy world would be without, from the Northern Shire (the Village […]

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Worldbuilding: Don’t Neglect The Landscape

Worldbuilding: Don’t Neglect The Landscape 

You have your story, your plot, your characters, sub-texts and themes. On a piece, or several, of paper you have sketched out a map, worked out the travel distances and know how long it will take the heroes to cover that distance. You’ve spent a bit of time making sure you know the types of […]

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So What’s The Fuss About Campaign Cartographer?

So What’s The Fuss About Campaign Cartographer? 

The map has been a feature of many a fantasy novel for over a hundred years. Whether it be Tolkien’s Middle-Earth or George RR Martin’s Westeros, fantasy fans have poured over imaginary cartography since a map of the Land of Oz was first included as part of L Frank Baum’s Tik Tok of Oz back […]

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Building A World: Basic Concepts

Building A World: Basic Concepts 

If you search this site you will find a variety of articles that encourage you to think about how you are going to build your stories fantasy world. You can learn about culture, science, religion, races, beasts, vegetation and, yes, landscapes. But how do these things fit in to the whole world? How did it […]

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Mapmaking for Fantasy Authors

Mapmaking for Fantasy Authors 

A good map is, I’d venture to say, just as vital to you as it is to your characters; you need a map to know the size of the world they occupy, the length of their journey, its difficulty, and distance. Furthermore, a good map serves as an important tool for your readers as well. […]

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Worldbuilding: Thinking Inside The Box

Worldbuilding: Thinking Inside The Box 

The idea of worldbuilding is familiar to any fantasy writer, and goes with the genre like pointy ears go with elves. There are writers like Tolkien who go all out in creating incredibly detailed worlds with their own history, myths and songs. Equally, there are those like Joe Abercrombie who prefer to focus more on […]

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Maps And eReaders

Maps And eReaders 

“I wisely started with a map.” – J.R.R. Tolkien. Clearly ebook publishers ascribe to a different way of thinking. Does Amazon.com hate fantasy readers? Does Barnes & Noble? Kobo? Apple? I’m reasonably certain the answer is, again, no. But sometimes I do wonder. I would imagine fans of historical fiction and non-fiction history occasionally feel […]

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