HOW DO I WRITE A STEAMPUNK STORY? by Dru Pagliassotti

I think the Boyler Room is more steampulp. I wrote the last scene in the story this morning, in my head. Now I need to get it on paper.

STEAMED!

Today’s Steampunkapalooza guest is the one and only Dru Pagliassotti, author of one of my favorite Steampunk books, Clockwork Heart. 

HOW DO I WRITE A STEAMPUNK STORY?
by Dru Pagliassotti

Steampunk fiction consists of two elements-the steam, or gaslamp aesthetic, iconography specific to the genre — and the punk, a critical ideology or political stance that satirizes, challenges, or subverts societal trends.

Each element is a necessary but not sufficient condition for labeling a story steampunk: steampunk needs both the aesthetic and the critique. Much fiction is labeled steampunk that is all steam and no punk; these works are more accurately called steampulp. So, how do you write steampunk?

THE STEAM:

The steam refers to technology that runs on steam power, of course, since classic steampunk is based or draws upon 19th century culture. Steampunk has been extended in both historical directions, however…

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