February 24th, 2010, 10:45 AM
[QUOTE=E_Moon;563755]Dwagginz...C.J. Cherryh says "Never draw the map first". I would say "if you draw the map, don't be too specific about distance, or at least let terrain influence working distance." Write at least one story first...then draw the map it needs. Write another. That may extend your map in one direction or another (or two.)]
I think that is great advice about the map...if you make it before you write you need to follow it...which means more thinking and more worrying about details when I should be focused on trying to just get my story out. It's far easier to back fill that kind of information rather than risking getting stuck or losing your precious momentum.