The book I'm writing is about the journey of a southern gentleman in the U.S Confederacy. With a European education and Tesla-like intellect, he crafts a hybrid airship. Escaping a war torn Confederacy, he discovers a plot by an old rival to twist his secret society's technology for otherworldly domination.
When I started writing I was worried that, as it is when I run a RP game, I'd have problems with developing character motivation. Assuming I could buffer that some with technology and science fiction, I set out to write a work of Steam punk/ science fantasy. I determined, at first, to make the machines the focus instead of characters. Originally, I was going to have only two main characters, but it didn't stay that way for long. I've learned a lot about the genre and writing in general.…
In the course of streamlining my descriptions, I think I've learned something. Don't talk to the reader like they're two years old unless it's a children's book.