I had the fortune to receive an ARC of a great new book perfect for fantasy writers out there who are building the world of their story. Fantasy Map Making by Jesper Schmidt steps you through creating a world, a real and believable world, and mapping it all. He covers everything that a novice world builder might miss and has tips that even an advanced builder with knowledge of world weather patterns will find useful.
And the great thing is you can now check out the book as it was just released this week!
And trust me, you’ll want to take a look at this book. If you’ve read my previous posts on map making and world building, you already know I find maps one of the most useful tools when developing a novel. True, you need to know your story well enough to be able to create a fitting world for it. But once you have a map, the mountains, swamps, and strange towns can add to the plot as the characters face obstacles and fascinating places you might not have considered without the map.
So really, you need a map.
And if you want some tips on making one, check out Jesper’s book! This is a great book full of useful tips and it steps you through everything you need to tackle map creation (and that is more than putting pencil to paper!)
This book covers:
- Whether maps are important or not and tackle some of the common excuses for not developing one.
- What you need to think about before you start your map in order not to make mistakes in later steps.
- Discuss your different options for creating the map: from hand drawn over software to hiring a professional.
- Sketching your map and making sure that we get the size of the world just right.
- Adding continents by understanding how tectonic plates work.
- Terraforming your world with the knowledge of how winds and the equator affect the climate.
- After having added mountains and deserts, we will include islands and lakes.
- And then we make sure that rivers are not breaking the laws of nature.
- We add trees, before moving into understanding how the lands will affect the people who live on them and vice versa.
- It is then time for countries, borders, and roads.
- Finish up with optional fantasy elements and include the last touches.
What You'll Learn
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About the author Jesper SchmidtI have always loved creating and I suppose that if I was only allowed to choose two words to describe myself they would be, “Focused ambition.” Yet, the art of writing was something that lived a quiet life, in the back of my mind, for many years. It was a dormant desire and, like so many of our dreams, it was placed on a list of things to do later; you know, when time would allow it. And there I left it. Half-forgotten. For a long time.
I have a Finnish sauna to thank for eventually picking it up from that dusted corner and beginning to pour my focused ambition over it. Every summer my wife, two boys and I go to Finland and spend a couple of weeks trying to do as little as possible. In that cottage it is all about slowing down and recharging our batteries. The atmosphere is perfect for it. What it was exactly that sparked my authorship I cannot say for sure – maybe it was just slowing down that gave another perspective? Maybe I was just ready for it? Whatever it was, I am ever thankful that it happened when it did back in 2015. Why wait when you can act today?
To me, good fiction is memorable and entertaining; if I can inject enjoyment and inspiration into just a single person’s life by my creations, then that is all the reward I require for my efforts.
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