Forging the Mappa Mundi | Part 3

(continued from part 2) Having covered general methods in part one and specific world-building approaches in part two, in this final series installment we shall be looking towards niche cartographic terminology which can be used to build upon cardinal directionality and which also serves to better elucidate the reader (or the forgetful author) as to… Continue reading Forging the Mappa Mundi | Part 3

Forging The Mappa Mundi | Part 2

(continued from part 1) In part one we covered the rudiments of establishing placefulness in fiction through spatial notation. In this installment we will be expanding upon our previous endeavour by focusing our attention on geographical clarity through directional signifiers. Cardinal Directions and Landmarks When attempting to establish geographical clarity in creative writing, think of… Continue reading Forging The Mappa Mundi | Part 2

Forging The Mappa Mundi | Part 1

Of the essentials of a story, characters, theme, style and setting, the latter is perhaps the most difficult for new or dilettante writers to manage. Take for example this first paragraph excerpt from the short story Family Gathering by Paul Beckman from Fictive Dream (a excellent site). The laughers come first. They always arrive early… Continue reading Forging The Mappa Mundi | Part 1