Poke through some map collections, or pick out a favored map. Preferably look for something with a bit of character–some detailed terrain, old-style “here be dragons”-type stuff, and so on. Even better, go for a map of someplace you’re totally unfamiliar with, whether it’s a real-world location or a fantasy realm. Spend a little time poring over the map and imagining what this place might be like. Then set a timer for ten, twenty, or thirty minutes and free-write about it. Or, write a travelogue, a diary from the point of view of a tourist or traveler there, or promotional literature advertising the location as a vacation spot.

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Here are a few maps for you to play with if you don’t already have one in mind. Feel free to leave comments linking to more:

Journal with map cover

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