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.
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:
- Panoramic Maps, 1847-1929
- Japanese Historical Maps
- Hargrett Library Rare Map Archive
- Fantasy Maps
- More Fantasy Maps
- Map of Azeroth (World of Warcraft)