I remembered with horror that I forgot to post anything yesterday.
I wish I could say it was because of writing... but... No.
I required a map.
Not just any map. A map of the landscape in my head.
Yeah... I felt more than a little overwhelmed.
The last time I tried my hand at it, nothing seemed to come out right. It felt fake and wrong. I tried once, and that ended up as bad as the last time.
So I went information hunting.
All day yesterday.
Now I feel pretty much up to date on the whole mapping thing, I just needed to work out what goes where. Because I have an A4 page and six countries. It's sort of important to work out.
I finally got round to actually drawing the damn thing. Well... I've started and an hour wasn't exactly enough to get me through all of it.
Still, I can tell you now, it is starting to become very inspiring.
You see, there are the lands I'm drawing. Then there are the lands beyond the end of the page. In fact, some of the countries on my page stretch out beyond the boundaries. And it made me wonder...
Who are they? Are they watching the growing conflict with apprehension? Are they weak to avoid it? Or do they have worries of their own?
That actually made me see something I never realized. I can probably start a completely different series just about those countries outside of the limits of my map.
Which is big for me. Because I used to think that the Doorways series is it. That I would be done with Fantasy after the completion of the series. After all, I couldn't possibly think up another series like this one... Right?
Uhm... wrong, it seems.
But first, I want to deal with Callan and co.
Have you ever drawn a map? Did it give your creativity a boost for stories beyond the scope of the WiP the map was drawn for?
Oh yeah! I should mention that I will do a post about drawing maps on D-Day in the A-Z challenge. So remember to drop by then if you want to know how I am doing it.