I love the Steampunk theme; it is a mix of Victorian Gothic with futuristic elements, which I find so appealing to the senses and imagination. I love it in stories, movies, art. and even some apparel and jewelry (yes I do own some). Steampunk screams adventure and romance, but also the darkest side – the fallen of humanity.
Thinking about this, it occurred to me that writing Steampunk is not easy; I’m not sure I could do it, although I have never tried. The creation and elaboration of that kind of world requires a lot from the imagination. Unlike writing in the present or writing from a historical perspective, Steampunk presents a different challenge to the writer. The writer must create a world that has elements of the past, present and the future, and at the same time mesh in the characters, but doing all that while being true to the characters. In a way, it is similar to writing fantasy, but in my opinion more challenging, since you can just take off with your fantasy world, but in Steampunk, you still have to abide by some “past-world rules.”
If you are a Steampunk writer I invite you to comment about the challenges that you have faced as a writer while creating that world.