Mapped out: in your head, on paper, once upon a dream…
I’m not a map expert. I get lost with GPS XD
When it comes to maps for my world, I usually either have a vague idea of neighboring countries, and/or just a semi-clear idea of what the country the story takes place in looks like and where notable things are in relation to each other. Sometimes, I only have an idea of a single city location in a vague country situation and a few towns scattered around and maybe a river somewhere. I tend to have rivers in my stories for some reason.
Sometimes I try my hand at Inkarnate and once I drew how the characters travel over ten pages of a notebook but usually the map stays in my head.
Also, I have never had an entire Narnia thought up in my head or anything close to LOTR. If it’s not in the story, why bother? That’s my idea, anyway.
So what about you? How much do you have?