Ever since I started writing books I have always made some kind of diagram or map to help me do it. Writing a book is hard and I do everything I can to make it easier. Making maps is just one of those things.
I've kept them all and thought I'd post a few here. They are all slightly different, because every book is, but however they look, they help me get my thoughts straight before and during the time that I put fingertips to the keyboard.
I've posted them here in reverse order - newer books first...
|These are various maps for a version of a book that I aborted several times. The book's finally coming out this October in the UK, and is now called She Is Not Invisible.|
|The simple map for Midwinterblood. That's raspberry juice at the bottom, by the way :-)|
|The map for White Crow - note the working title; titles often change.|
|This is the map for Revolver, literally, for once, a map.|
|The three-pager for My Swordhand Is Singing|
|This is the first of three versions of a map for The Book of Dead Days|
|This is the third of three maps used for The Book of Dead Days|
|This is a sketch I did of 'The City' for The Book of Dead Days; I don't always do sketches but they sometimes help to bring the place to life in my head.|
|A couple of maps for Witch Hill|
|And a sketch of Alison, the accused girl in Witch Hill|
|Finally: a curiosity - the map for the fourth of the four books I wrote before I got my first title published.|