While writing No Reflection and No Grave (almost done, guys, I swear), I never had much use for any kind of reference map. I live in the city they’re set in. If I need specific details that I can’t recall (say, at Coney Island, for instance, ahem, hint hint) I can jump on Google Maps and walk their little dude-dad around the streets for reference. I have spent time in these places and I can draw on those experiences. PS: Coney Island is pretty unpleasant in the fall. I shot two different films there, both during late-September and early-October, and let me tell you…what looks golden and sunkissed in the summer can be gray, sludge-like, and rancid in the autumn…
Back on topic, though: I don’t need a map to work on those books. I live here. Details are easy to find. There are MTA maps in every subway car.
Doing worldbuilding stuff for Oceanrest, however…places characters in an entirely fictional town (in Maine), and I thought it would behoove me to draw up a map. And fill the map with landmarks and story ideas so that I’d have plenty to write about.
Since I haven’t posted lately (working on No Grave very intently, drawing the map, jotting down character/plot ideas, etc…), I thought the least I could do would be to share this map with you. It’s even hand-written (in pen, with cross-outs) because I don’t know how to make fancy computer maps.
Take a look!: