Often, we’re so excited about an idea, we dive in without knowing much about the world of our story. In this mini-lesson, we’ll play through a mapping activity to help you explore the many possibilities your world has to offer. Exploring the world of your story gives you a better sense of your characters’ back stories. Also, your map provides you with interesting options for locations to set scenes. Finally, your map will help you visualize the story in a big-picture way, and that helps you better understand your plot. All in all, a map is a powerful tool for a writer.

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