Another post about Steampunk (More thoughts on Steampunk and Alternate History) has written by Richard Harland (author of Worldshaker) and posted on the Ripping Ozzie Reads Blog. I came across it last week when I was looking for sites supporting reading and writing. Richard Harland has a site devoted to giving out free tips for aspiring writers, and he offers Australian, US and British versions. I have only looked at the Australian tips.
In the ROR post he muses about writing in the steampunk sub-genre. He discusses fantasy, alternate history, points of divergence from history as we know it (which he callsPODs) and tries to identify an era. I particularly like the discussion about alternate histories and that he encourages writers to think up some creative and different ways diverging from some that have begun to be a bit passe. The images he used to illustrate his post are of some amazing steampunk USB’s. There are really some very inventive and clever people out there!
This is not the first time Richard has written about Steampunk. On his Worldshaker site he posted a definition here. Richard’s sites are worth looking at if you are interested in many aspects of writing, not just steampunk.
NB I used imagecodr to embed the 1st 2 images from Flickr
by urban don