Any fantasy writer knows that writing cannot begin without world-building. Now, some writers go for the basics like location, food, and language while others go way deeper like the type of garbage disposal the world has.
No matter how intricate you are with planning your world, there is a good chance you have an idea of your world in your head. There is also a good chance that you’ve always wanted a page or two in your novel with a map of your world, because a lot of fantasy books have them.
I’m definitely one of those people. I love world-building, and one of my favorite parts is thinking about the lay of the land and how the map would look. It’s a way of making your world seem that much more real and tangible.
However, if you’re like me, you are not an artist. You’re not good at making those incredibly beautiful maps you find on Pinterest. You wish you are, but you are not.
The maps I’ve made by hand are very, very, very simple. Though I make them as pretty as I can, I always wish I could somehow make them look more beautiful or authentic.
That is where this fantastic resource comes in.
Roll for Fantasy has a tool where you can create your very own map for your world that looks like a cartographer made it while drinking ale at a tavern. It’s so user-friendly, and it gives you that satisfaction of seeing your world come to life.
I made a map for Lionhearted just for fun one day, and I love the way it came out.
What’s great about it is that you can keep it as is, or you can even use it as reference if you want to make your own with added colors and details.
I highly recommend any fantasy writer who has a world that needs a map to check this website out. It has everything you need, and it’ll not only make you feel like your world is more realistic, it’ll give you that enthusiasm to keep writing your book until it is the best it can be.