Hi all,

I am currently writing a series of five novels and I need help creating the map of my realm. As such, I am mostly interested in regional/ world maps and historical maps. I'm not looking to commission just yet. I'm mostly trying to figure out how to get what's in my head down on paper, so to speak, so that others can see what's in my head.

Here's what I hope to get out of this forum:
* Information about easy-to-use programs in which I can create my own map
* how to make my map look geographically realistic
* any other tips, hints, etc