To start this post, I hate not knowing where things are in the world I’m creating. I hate not knowing the timeline — by-product of watching too many TV shows without a concrete timeline and attempting to write in their world — and I hate trying to write where my characters are but have no idea where they would be on a map.
Does anyone have any advice for making a hand-made map with a grid?
I’ve looked some things up online, but they’ve been rather unhelpful. I’m working on a standard Letter-sized paper (8.5x11 inches), and everything I’m looking at is working on 50-inch papers that I have no money to buy.
How do you grid your map, if you do?
How do you plot out where things go on your map?
If you don’t use a grid, how do you figure out the distance between one place and another?
Or, do you use online applications to help with map-making that is user-friendly?