A boffer would have been handy the other day to hit myself in the head with. (Why do we punish ourselves for having just solved the problem?)
One of my big projects had been hanging fire because I had to make a continental-scale map to lay out the states and climate and the military campaigns.
Now, let me say that if your story is about a couple of wandering rogues, you can lay out a map in half an hour — I’ve done it on lined paper during a lecture class. As soon as you bring in military campaigns, you are looking at days of work because you have to either decide on the terrain and make the war fit it, or you have to work out the strategy in detail and make the map suit.
But, whoa, there — why are we laying out maps in any case?
Because someone told us we had to.
Because someone said that without one we will have the city north of the river in this story or chapter and south of it in another.
No, we won’t. Read the rest of this entry