Drawing maps

As with any other writing technique, in the hands of a skilled author, the use of this kind of detailed information can become integral to the tone and pace of the book and many writers can and do use it to great effect.

The attention to detail award-winning novelist Ruth Rendell pays to the routes taken by her protagonists, emphasises rather than detracts from the atmosphere of her novels. She sometimes takes this one stage further by drawing a map or street plan of a location, as illustrated in Figure 6. Taken from an Inspector Wexford novel entitled Some Lie and Some Die (Arrow Books), the map depicts the location for a pop festival in an area just outside the fictional town of Kingsmarkham and not only helps the reader get their bearings but also adds realism to the story.

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