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Started this discussion. Last reply by dave bartram Apr 2, 2013. 8 Replies

I like the goggles thing. I have a pair. But why, in so many things,  does almost every single character have to wear goggles? I mean, why? Surely you wear goggles 'cause you need them: for riding,…Continue

Writing like (the) Dickens

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ryan Black Sep 4, 2011. 9 Replies

I've heard several discussions around adopting a kind of pseudo-dickensian style and voice when writing steampunk. Some people hate it and some people think it's necessary. I think it can work if not…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by dave bartram Jul 18, 2011. 2 Replies

Nice to be here. I've been writing Steampunk in the wilderness fro a long time. Great to find an oasis like this out here in the cyber desert. Looking forward to looking around.


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Aspiring writer of steampunk fiction for the YA and adult markets. Sometime artist with a professional and personal interest in psychology.
What do you hope to find at The Steampunk Writers & Artists Guild?
a place where the pitfalls and possibilities of steampunk fiction and imagination can be discussed and explored
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When is Steampunk not Steampunk?

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 1:30am 5 Comments

Stupid question? Possibly. Aren't genres easily defined? Sometimes. But what about when you are working in a genre and then there is other stuff in there that isn't part of the 'canon' and it goes beyond where that genre normally goes?

What happens then?

What would you do?

You're reading a book and it's Steampunk - it says so on the jacket. And there is steam and airships and goggles and Victorians (or in this case the unreconstructed descendants of Victorians) in curious and…


What is it with airships, anyhoo?

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 8:30am 9 Comments

I like airships. Steampunk loves airships. Many great writers have written them into their stories, even I’ve tried to write them in my stories. I think they have a great aesthetic and are a very cool concept, but I’ve been reading a lot about airships lately and now I’m not so sure..

I’m still half way through the excellent ‘Dr. Eckener’s Dream Machine’ by Douglas Botting – the fascinating account of the Graf Zeppelin’s famous circumnavigation, and that’s what got me thinking.…


Steampunk isn't as different as you think it is.

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 2:00pm 4 Comments

I've read a lot of steampunk fiction over the last few months and most of it, I am sorry to say, isn't very good. And there is, I think, a reason for this - the assumption that writing steampunk is somehow different from writing in other genres.

Much of it seems to work on the premise that if you shoehorn enough steampunk ephemera into a story it'll be a good steampunk story. I don't think this is quite right.

A good story will stand alone without the props and gewgaws. if…


Long time...

Posted on November 7, 2011 at 3:21pm 2 Comments

I have written anything here for a good while. Sorry about that. Life and all that getting in the way a bit. That and the dreaded WIP. Three years I've been working on it. And I now have 23K words and a plan. Not much to show for three years, you cry. Well, maybe not. But behind those 23K of good words (not my appraisal btw.) lies a trail of I would guess 300K plus of dodgy ones written in about 40+ drafts of the first half of the WIP.

If I was a cricketer or played baseball I guess…


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At 12:15am on July 15, 2011, Lia Keyes said…
Welcome to the Guild, Dave!
At 12:16am on July 15, 2011, Lia Keyes said…

Btw, if you want your twitter link to work, it needs to be written like this: 



At 1:08pm on July 28, 2011, David Mark Brown said…
So sorry, Dave. It looks like you might have "liked" the post on accident, thus sending it to your Facebook profile. I promise I have not been spamming.

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