I am not a new reader to the genre, but I am a new writer to it. I penned the roughest of drafts of my first Steampunk novel for Nanowrimo 2010. Since then I have been horribly afraid of going back to rewrite and edit.
I am confident in the fashions, time period, and even settings, but I am concerned about my technical aspects. I am not an overly technical person, and therefore fear making huge mistakes. Someone said, read the genre and do what they do. Well, there again, I can't really use all the devices and gadgets that others use (unless they are real, right?) or else I would be stealing.
I guess what I need to know is how do you come up with the gadgets and gizmos that you write in your novels and stories? Do you recycle from other works, or create your own?
Where do you draw the line?