Let’s face it, people. Most fantasy authors loooove their maps. Me, personally I’ve been avoiding them like cholera, mostly because I tremendously suck at drawing them (and because I’d still get lost even with a map. Honestly, I’m helpless).
But then again, the mood (and the need to know where in the Seven Hells my characters are and where they are going) strikes oddly sometimes and so I find myself attempting to draw a map of Helos this morning, because after all, it’s all outlined in my head, I just need to get it onto paper to lessen the general confusion of places, etc. Well, let’s just say this was an experience of mixed success. I did a map of Illyria and an outline of the Shadow before and it was okay-ish, but not great. Same with the map I drew this morning. I begin to wonder if it’s just generally disoriented me, or if I’m just not getting the principles of map-drawing right.
Anyway, now I’ve been all but poised for ranting this morning and then I hit a post on Don’s blog about map-making software. Apparently Lior’s Map Creator looks nifty and something I’ll give a try when I get home, but what else is out there? I’m a geek, but in no way opposed to a simple hand-drawn map, but I simply am not all that great at it. Any thoughts and tips?