I agree with James regarding pseudo-science or the plausible "what if". Unless you're going for some sort of hard-style, very technical science fiction with your story, the world of steampunk definitely has room for general…"
"I try to avoid anachronisms if I can. One thing to consider, though, is that in a steampunk world some inventions may develop a lot earlier than they would in our world. This might lead to a word being coined earlier than normal. Or, conversely, the…"
"Ah, my mistake. After rereading your OP you do mention that it was a different author. But really, the same thing goes: he/she is a published author. Maybe some people don't like the anachronisms, maybe I don't like the…"
"Thanks for the replies thus far.
Pandelirious, I agree that reading in the period and/or style can definitely help.
Col. Aloysius, It seems like it's finding that balance that immerses the reader, but at the same time doesn't…"
"I tend to use anachronistic style to my writing (including the longer sentences!) and in my character's speech patterns. For me, it removes the story a little from modern day, placing me (and hopefully my reader) in 'another' world…"
"Three thoughts on this topic:
First, I do like to see a well-written work that totally immerses me in the time period, language and phrasing included. That being said, your audience is most certainly not 19th Century Britons, so some…"
"I am new to SP writing. I am finding that Reading the works of Wilde, Verne and Lovecraft is of some benefit to get me in the proper frame of mind. I find Jane Austen, Edgar A. Poe and Mooney's ~1890s reports on the Sioux uprising also to be…"
Hey All,So I want to discuss/poll/get everyone's opinion on anachronistic writing in steampunk, whether it be your own or books you've read. I think I know where I stand, but just wanted to toss this out there to fellow steampunks and writers.Having seen my own story stall b/c I was trying to make my voice sound like me, a 20th century born Texan, AND a 19th century Brit--not me, I'm really wanting to get back on the horse, but maybe throw caution to the wind and just write as just me. At the…See More
"While I'm part of the unpublished crowd, I've done some research on self-publishing and I have to mirror some of the statements thus far about the changing world of books and publishing. Self-publishing is definitely not the "oh…"
I've found this site helpful in looking for those period-appropriate slang terms when the more modern, anachronistic ones creep in (and unfortunately seem to fit too well at times). Maybe one in the list will help. Happy writing my…"
"I think there's room to revel in the romantic beauty of time past via the Victorian era, but also room to get down and dirty and examine some of the "scary realism" within the steampunk genre that focuses or finds its base in the same…"
Still relatively new to the whole steampunk culture, but extremely fascinated by it. I'm a writer and enjoy the creative nature of steampunk and how it also pays tribute to time and culture past while blending it with something new. Hoping to meet others and learn more.
Currently working on my first steampunk novel and hoping for it to be part one of a four book YA series.