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5 Reasons to Create Maps for Your Stories
By Guest Lori MacLaughlin
Let me just say right up front that I love maps! It's the first thing I look for when I open a fantasy novel. Here are 5 reasons why I create maps for my books:
- As a writer, maps help me plot my characters' paths as they progress through the story. I'm a visual person, so having a map helps me visualize the scenes. It solidifies my story and makes it more real to me.
- With maps, I can measure distances between places, so I know how long it should take my characters to get from one place to another. This is particularly important when my POV characters aren't together, which happens a lot.
- As a reader, I want to immerse myself in the characters' world, and maps allow me to get a feel for what that world is like before I jump into the story.
- When you include maps, readers can see and be impressed by the tremendous amount of thought you've put into developing your fictional world.
- Maps are so much fun to draw! They don't have to be incredibly detailed. Simple line maps work just as well.
A map by Lori for Trouble By Any Other Name
Do you create maps for your stories?
Here are a couple of map-related sites that I find interesting: https://petrosjordan.wordpress.com/
Thanks so much for having me over, Tyrean!!
And, thank you for stopping by, Lori!!!
Lori L. MacLaughlin is a fantasy author who just published her second book, Trouble By Any Other Name, the sequel to her first book, Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble.
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Tara Triannon is no stranger to trouble. She's yet to find an enemy her skill with a sword couldn't dispatch. But how can she fight one that attacks through her dreams?
With her nightmares worsening, Tara seeks answers but finds only more questions. Then her sister, Laraina, reveals a stunning secret that forces Tara to go to the one place Tara's sworn never to return to. Her troubles multiply when Jovan Trevillion, the secretive soldier of fortune who stole her heart, is mentally tortured by an ancient Being intent on bending him to its will. And worst of all, the Butcher — the terrifying wolf-like assassin she thought she'd killed — survived their duel and is hunting her again.
Hounded by enemies, Tara sets out on a harrowing quest to discover the true nature of who she is, to come to grips with the new volatility of her magic, and to defeat the evil locked in a centuries-old trap that will stop at nothing to control her magic and escape through her nightmares.
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/trouble-by-any-other-name-lori-l-maclaughlin/1123789620?ean=9781942015031
Lori L. MacLaughlin traces her love of fantasy adventure to Tolkien and Terry Brooks, finding The Lord of the Rings and The Sword of Shannara particularly inspirational. She's been writing stories in her head since she was old enough to run wild through the forests on the farm on which she grew up.
She has been many things over the years – tree climber, dairy farmer, clothing salesperson, kids' shoe fitter, retail manager, medical transcriptionist, journalist, private pilot, traveler, wife and mother, Red Sox and New York Giants fan, muscle car enthusiast and NASCAR fan, and a lover of all things Scottish and Irish.
When she's not writing (or working), she can be found curled up somewhere dreaming up more story ideas, taking long walks in the countryside, or spending time with her kids. She lives with her family in northern Vermont.
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