Perhaps you remember some of my early posts in which I shared maps of Lacey’s world, maps that showed the world’s evolution (and in ways the plot’s evolution as well). I’ve been living in that world since I first set eyes on it back in 2010. It’s time I take a break. I don’t anticipate that it will be a long break (as the stories still demand to be told), but I need something to get me excited about writing again.
And how, you ask, will I regain my enthusiasm? By creating something new. I know Lacey’s world inside and out – I need to discover a new place so that I can reinvigorate my creativity.
The following is a map that I sketched today. I like to start with maps, because the layout and shape of land give me ideas for the stories that happen there.
I can’t leave things unlabeled, so for now I’m calling it “New World” (about the most unoriginal thing I could think of!) And I’m going from there.
Do you use maps to begin stories, or let the story shape the map? What is your opinion on maps in books?