a map to go with a story

Jane does a great job detailing how mapping and story-telling go hand in hand. This is a very important aspect of narrative, be the map in the writer’s head or, as Jane shows, portrayed on the writer’s page. The map is as important as the list of characters , perhaps more so. This article of Jane’s is well worth reading … and re-reading …


Since I began to read, I have loved to have a map included in the book – the more detailed the better!


The maps that come to mind include the five maps of Middle Earth and the detailed map of the Shire in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings (Methuen Publications), the maps of Great Britain and Wales inside the front cover of Mary Stewart’s Crystal Cave (William Morrow and Company, Inc.), and the map of Martha’s Vineyard accompanying all of the books in Philip R. Craig’s Martha’s Vineyard Mysteries (Scribner). Although books in the mystery and fantasy genres often have maps, almost any book can include a guide to the geography of the book.


the completed GIMP map for Meniscus: South from Sintha … every feature has its own layer so I can add a tree, delete a path, or add a house to a village!

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