Welcome to the Guild, Leftahead!
Well, we want to see your chicken scratch so we can have a better idea on how to help you make a better one! Its the fastest way to learn how. You post, we critique and direct you to a better map.
What software do you use, or plan to use?
What kind of style of map do you prefer: hand-drawn, vector maps, painterly style, 3D, realistic?
Answer those questions and we can give a head start to really get you going.
We have a list of many useable mapping and other graphics apps to create great maps. We have a tutorial section with some of the best mapping tutorials anywhere. Visit the finished map forums and the WIP forums. Lots to do here!
Again, welcome and hope we can share ideas!