NaNoWriMo: Maps (write aid)

I would like to claim that my lack of posts this week was due to an unwavering focus on writing a novel as part of NaNoWriMo. Sadly it would not be the truth. In fact, I have yet to really begin.

Oh, I have several ideas on starting but a major project at work has been demanding more time than I anticipated. My novel has yet begun to blossom. Still I wanted to share a writing tip that may help you with your writing endeavors.

Draw a map of the world your characters live in.

Drawing a map of this world, be it the school or campus grounds, the workplace where the story takes place, or the actual world the characters live in with mountains, rivers, and seas will help you more fully imagine the setting and provide a reference as your characters journey through your story.

Be sure to set the scope of the map appropriately. If your story setting only encompasses a small town, a map of the entire continent may not prove helpful. It doesn’t have to be fully detailed just enough to provide a visual aid to help with your story.

I hope this tip proves useful for you.

Happy Writing!

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Special thanks to OpenClipart-Vectors @ pixabay for the map image

Published by Jim Sponseller

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