Tales of the Western Woods I've decided, in the loosest sense, to create my own fantasy universe in which to write. I don't plan to use it for novels, just shorter length stories. My queries are: 1) How much planning should I do? I'm considering writing a list of details on some characters before I write any adventures. I might whip up some portraits in the Dragon Age: Origins character creator - It's not the most flexible thing and I'd be sort of tied to some degree of limitation with what I could do, but it might be better than nothing. 2) Are there any good computer programmes (preferably free, I'm a cheapskate ) that could help? Maybe some software that could help me create a map of the land (what fantasy series would be complete without a map?) and something else for me to put ideas on. 3) Are there any 'traps' or 'pitfalls' I should look out for? I'm a bit worried I'd be biting off more than I could chew, but I suppose that would be a rather common feeling. 4) The title! What do you think of "Tales of the Western Woods"?