The other day I realized I'm awful at actually imagining the places when writing (or reading about). No matter how many words I use, it seems to be one thing to say this is an imaginary city and another to give it true dimension. When world building, I have problems creating brand new places, unless directly ripping off of popular media. Because the question comes: is this literally possible? How would such an object, city be crafted? How are castles generally built? Where were towers built, where markets, how did the houses in a city line up? Bearing all that in mind sounds awfully complex. You'd need to write out a detailed map if you want a consistent image to use in your stories. In such cases, I'd love to be an artist so I could visually portray places. It just seems too challenging and complex to do through sheer writing. What do you think?