INKTOBER 52 2023 Day #40: MAP.
“I have read quite a few fantasy novels over the years. I love the world building some authors put into their work, with one of the key elements being a great map of where the adventures take place at the front of the book (one notable exception is Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ books. He certainly created a very rich, robust, unique world, but he refused to put maps in any of his books). Obviously, the map doesn’t make or break the story, it’s just a nice little touch that gives the reader a sense of scale and adds an element of believability. Afterall, humanity has been mapping our world for centuries so I would almost argue that describing something’s location and very existence on a map is one way our species acknowledges that something is real.
Anyway, this was a lot of fun to brainstorm. It was an interesting challenge to come up with geographical features and names. Fortunately my Brain likes to throw random phrases and names for things at me from time to time, and I’ve learned I have to write them down because they always come back to be used for something eventually. I have both rough and concrete ideas for Plunger Monkey graphic novel adventures and video games. Surprisingly, I had never given much thought to drawing maps for those projects, but now that I’ve done this, I think I’m going to have to.”
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