Worldbuilding #1: How to Create a Fantasy Map


If you are a fantasy writer, you have definitely come across the hurdle of making a map for your new world. The thing is, you don’t have to spend much time on it to get what you need.

Most fantasy writers use their map to plot the sequence of events – the journey – that their story/series will undergo. There is nothing wrong with this – if anything, it’s a fantastic method of planning – however, many writers make the mistake of spending loads of time on their maps, making them just right.

You don’t need to spend weeks creating maps for your world!

It takes me 1-2 hours (at the most!).

All you need to do is take a pencil and paper and sketch out a world. Place borders, cities, towns, mountains, lakes, rivers, roads… Once you have done that, your world will be on paper for your own personal reference.

And you’re done!

If you want to have your map in the book when you come to publish, I would suggest having it drawn up by a professional in graphic design, or teach yourself (if you have the time).

Many writers waste so much time trying to create the perfect world map before writing their story. It can change at any moment during the planning, drafting, redrafting, and editing stages, so why spend so much time on it at the very start?

I hope this advice was helpful. If you have any thoughts or comments, let me know below!

2 comments on “Worldbuilding #1: How to Create a Fantasy Map”

  1. I have a bad habit of drawing maps and then never using them because drawing them was so much fun. But when I do get around to actually writing, I love watching how the map changes. Sometimes I redraw it just to see how it changes as the story goes along. I think I might have a slight obsession!

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