While reading the book “Minding the Muse” by Priscilla Long, she talks about writers and letting go of their work. It seems like people fall into one of two camps – they let their work go too soon, or they hold on too long.
First thing, you don’t need to overwhelm yourself creating a map for your fictional universe if you don’t want to. But, your readers will likely thank you later if you do include one. It creates a better experience by letting readers be more involved and immersed in your work. Where would we be without a map of Middle Earth?
I created a crude map on a piece of notebook paper, but when I passed it off to a talented graphic designer, it became this (after a few edits because of my errors). This will be published along with my novel.