I’ll be the first to admit I am not very artsy. I can draw stickmen, if I really put my mind to it. Which makes simplified tools, such as the Inkarnate map maker, so incredible to me. I was hesitant to use maps early on in my story planning, but I have found it very useful to have a concrete design to rely on when I am writing. There is no ambiguity and no time lost trying to think about geography and lay out while I am writing. Creating a simple map like this does help the actual writing process a lot, and its a good piece to have once I think about getting formal maps created for the final book.writing tool
Above is a conceptual map I made of the small continent on which my current book takes place. The book centers on the city-state Marudal, which lies east of the Green Mountains and along the Blekgast River. As is visible in this map, the river is actually channeled through the city via a canal. To the north of the city is a large forest, where many significant parts of the story take place. Also visible here are Marudal’s political rivals Kingston and Oddesia. What is not visible is the growing empire to the west of the mountains. This military, expansionist polity is perhaps the greatest threat to peace in the eastern continent.
For someone who has no skill at drawing, map making tools like this are a life-saver.
The program is currently in free open beta, at Inkarnate.com
If you’d like to know more about Marudal and Essarsea, check out the other posts in this blog or pick up my book when it drops.