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Writing Steampunk - A Primer

Explore the always fantastic and occasionally disturbing world of retro-futurism, speculative science fiction, and the Victorian era. http://bit.ly/1TYTgjc
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Richard Blake

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Transcript of Writing Steampunk - A Primer

Fisher Price Movie Viewer
1977
Street Criminal
Detective
Scientist
Victorian Futures
What is
Steampunk?

*Writing Steampunk*
Characters
Plots
Genres
The Spirit of Victoriana
Beyond Steampunk
Jean-Marc Côté
1899
Settings
The 'punk' in Steampunk
Review
Paleo-Futurism
Prosperity, Optimism & Enlightenment
Londons of the Future
Adventurer
Clergy
Aeronaut
Dandy
Aristocrat
Doctor
Educator
Explorer
Femme Fatal
Fighter
Occultist
Inventor
Performer
Pirate
Privileged
Criminal
Scholar
Politician
Subversive
Spy
Ragamuffin
7.1
Creating
Your Setting
Turn to the Creating Your Setting (Worldbuilding) Activity in your packet and let's get started!
Becoming a
Paleo-Futurist
part 1
2.1
Record Your Observations
What Did You See?
Becoming a
Paleo-Futurist
part 2
2.3
Record Your Observations
In what ways does the past's predicted tech not quite match the tech of today?
Who does the past show using the 'tech of the future' and how?
What family relationships and roles does the 'tech of the future' assume?
What Did You See?
Before We Begin
What is Steampunk?
Record brief responses to the following prompts using the sheet in your packet:
Freewrite 3 - 5+ random thought fragments
What makes for good Steampunk?
30 seconds
List 3 - 5+ random qualities
30 seconds
How do writers prepare to write good Steampunk?
Write a 3 - 5+ item 'to do' list
30 seconds
Studying yesterday's tomorrows
Victorian era
1837 - 1901

Reign of Queen Victoria
We are not amused.
A world of -isms
Industrialism/Utilitarianism
Racism/Ethnocentrism
Imperialism/ Colonialism/
Militarism
Prudism/Grundyism
Sexism/
Anti-Suffragism
Build Your Mindset
A crash course in learning to think like a retro-futurist writer and a Steampunk creator
Learn the Period
An overview of the Victorian era, society and general history (the Steampunk playground)
The 'Punk' in Steampunk
Getting the dirt on the Victorian era so you can put the grit in your writing
Character,
Genre & Setting
The people, places and tech in your Steampunk writing and the world(s) they populate
Plot & Beyond
Diving into the events and actions in your writing that move your characters and going beyond Steampunk
Workshop Format
Rapid
Learn
Apply
Write
Talk
Write
Repeat
(closing & reviews)
1.1
Record Your Ideas
List 3+ fun or important pieces of modern technology you use everyday. How might you retro-create that tech for a story?
Use the space in your packet
(We will share afterward)
How does the past's predicted tech match today's tech?
What are some differences between the predicted tech and today's tech?
Describe the people you see using this tech in the past's predictions.
Use the space in your packet
(we'll discuss afterward)
Use the space in your packet
(we will share afterward)
1. How does the past's predicted tech match today's tech?
2. What are some differences between the predicted tech and today's tech?
3. Describe the people you see using this tech in the past's predictions.
What Ideas Did You Have?
1. In what ways does the past's predicted tech not quite match the tech of today?
2. Who does the past show using the 'tech of the future' and how?
3. What family relationships and roles does the 'tech of the future' assume?
Time for some Hands-on
Period Tech
Mutoscope
Why Did We do this?
Visible, mechanical, 'large'
Ripe with sounds & smells
Comprehensible largely using your senses & general knowledge
A microchip has no tactile or visual workings
What fun or important modern tech would you like to retro-create for a steampunk story?
Why?
Steampunk Tech Is:
Stempunk Tech is Tactile Tech
... and seeing this is part of being a Paleo-futurist and a writer of
good
Steampunk ;-)
Classism/ Monarchism/
Elitism
Atompunk
Biopunk
Candlepunk
Cyberpunk
Decopunk
Dieselpunk
Fariepunk
Gasllight
Nanopunk
Teslapunk
Cattlepunk
Becoming a
Paleo - Futurist
part 3
2.2
Record Your Observations
Identify 1+ modern technology that makes this image seem extra laughable today. Why?
List 2+ pieces old tech you’ve seen (in media or in real life) that surprise or amuse you. Why?
Use the space in your packet
(we will share afterward)
Why Did We do this?
Steampunk Tech Is:
A product of a time's culture, mindset, and existing tech
Limited in how it is used and who uses it
Not without values and assumptions behind it
The is true of modern tech, as well !
Stempunk Writing is Socially & Culturally Aware
... training your mind to see this is part of being a Paleo-futurist and a writer of
good
Steampunk;-)
Why Did We do this?
The Steampunk World Is:
Both different from what you are accustomed to, yet eerily similar
Rooted in a past culture's notions, assumptions, and limitations
Infused with a modern twist (but not a foundation)

Steampunk Writing is Writing with Cultural, Historical & Period Awareness
... and seeing this is part of being a Paleo-futurist, which is core to writing good Steampunk ;-)
1922
Fiske Reading Machine
1894
Monarchy over the Masses
Upper Class
Middle Class
Under Class
Disparate Standards of Living
Disparity in Children's Lives
Playtime
(for those who could afford it)
Transition from Rural/Agrarian Life/Economy
Elegance, Expansion & Exploration
Invention, Innovation & Achievement
Quirky, Frivolous & Entrepreneurial
The Great Exhibition
Her Majesty's Navy
The British Empire
Artic Expedition
Industry & Advancement
Master the
Mechanics
of Life
Conquer the Heavens
All Things Possible through Science &
Engineering
Australian Continent
(incl. New Zealand)
Asian Continent
African Continent
North American Continent - Canada
To Urban/Industrial Life/Economy
Industrial Revolution (and Greatest 'Good' for All)
The Factory
The Foundry
The Textile Mill
Key Points
TRIGGER WARNING
This section will contain illustrations and pictures drawn from the historical record that depict racist, sexist, and demeaning attitudes towards women, people of color, as well as people identifying with various nationalities and ethnic groups. There are also images that depict the deep disparity between the upper and under classes in Victorian Britain. You may find these images upsetting, which is normal. I am showing these images because the 'punk' aesthetic of Steampunk involves addressing, confronting, and exposing the racism, classism, sexism and other issues that were a prominent part of Victorian society.

You may step out any time during this section if you wish. If you feel you need help understanding or processing these images and topics I encourage you to talk with someone you trust about what you see and learn in this section.


This section contains illustrations and pictures drawn from the historical record depicting class disparity, extreme poverty, the subjugation of indigenous people, and examples of racism and sexism that were part of the Victorian era. You may find these images upsetting, which is normal. I encourage you to discuss what you see and learn here with someone you trust. You may step out at any time during this section if you wish.

I am showing these images because the 'punk' aesthetic of Steampunk involves addressing, confronting, and exposing the racism, classism, sexism, genderism and other issues that were a significant part of Victorian society.
TRIGGER WARNING
4.1
Make Some Notes
4 June, 1913
Awakening Conscience

(1854) Holman Hunt
Lady Lilith
(1873) Dante Gabriel Rossetti
North American Continent - United States
Why Did We do this?
List 3 - 5+ facts you are surprised to learn about the Victorian era
Write 2 - 3+ ideas for character backstories or motivations based on what you learn
List 2 - 3 elements of British Victoriana (or its impact on colonized cultures) you might explore on your own. Why?
Use the space in your packet
(we will share afterward)
Steampunk
draws from:
The romantic and the realistic
The futuristic and the historic
The gracious and the gritty
The impact ofVictorian Britain on the entire globe and all of it's cultures
Steampunk is a form of Speculative Fiction, that asks the question 'What if?"
... before you can ask 'What if?', you need to know what was, both in idea and in fact ;-)
1. List 3 - 5+ facts you are surprised to learn about the Victorian era
2. Write 2 - 3+ ideas for character backstories or motivations based on what you learn
3. List 2 - 3 elements of British Victoriana (or its impact on colonized cultures) you might explore on your own. Why?
What Did You See?
3.1
Make Some Notes
What are some period ideas, undertakings, or achievements that seem uniquely Victorian?
Why are you interested in making Victorian-inspired science fiction part of your writer's playground?
Use the space in your packet
(we will share afterward)
What Did You See?
1. What are some period ideas, undertakings, or achievements that seem uniquely Victorian?
2. Why are you interested in making Victorian-inspired science fiction part of your writer's playground?
Why Did We do this?
Steampunk draws from:
The Victorian-era spirit, ideals and technology
The achievements, motivations and conditions of Britain and the world of 1837 - 1901
The general feel of Victoriana, even when the stories take place in other real or imagined worlds
Steampunk is based in Victoriana (both at its best and its worst)
... and exploring Victoriana at its best and worst helps you write in the Steampunk spirit ;-)
Queen Victoria: 1837-1901
Patriotism
Nationalism
First Appearance of Middle Class
(Professional Class)
New Class of Wealth
the Tycoon
Deep Class Distinctions
5.1
Building Characters
Why Did We do this?
Turn to the Building Characters Activity in your packet and let's get started!
Well Developed Characters ...
Drive the action in stories
Compel readers to read
Create their own stories
Now You Have Tools to Create Characters
... Not just for Steampunk, but for any writing you do!
You're Welcome. ;-)
6.1
Experimenting with Genre
Turn to the Experimenting with Genre Activity in your packet and let's get started!
Why Did We do this?
Genre Builds Story By ...
Informing your choice of setting
Preparing the stage for character actions and interactions
Establishing conventions you can either follow or strategically break
Now You're Ready to Build Your Story's World..
... and the world your characters inhabit will drive their development, determine their challenges, and create plot!
15 minutes
15 minutes
3 minutes
Write a short answer
to at least one of these questions
1. What is Steampunk?
2. What makes for good Steampunk?
3. What does a writer do to prepare to write good Steampunk?
4. What did you learn about Steampunk that you didn't know before?
You're a Paleo-Futurist!
Did you know this idea when you came in?
Seeing how the tech in your story's world is an extension of period technology & cultural values will help you build:
You Have some Basics of History & Context
What did you know about Victoriana when you came in?
You now have a 'starter kit' for recreating an authentic period Steampunk world
You know where to begin researching more about Victorian era history and cultures
You Have All the Ingredients
We explored tools to develop Steampunk characters, genres, settings, and plots
These tools will get you going on the story you might be working on now, and stories you haven't even thought of yet
Dude, Check Out the Packet!!!!
Right in front of you there's a gift: an
amazing, all-purpose, supa-dupa
set of guides, tools and helpers that will help you throughout your life of writing!
Why Did We
do all of this?
Um, Did I really learn anything here?
we will share afterward
(2 minutes)
multi-dimensional characters
complex actions & interactions
a compelling setting & world
Earth
Mars
Alternate World
Third World
First World
Thank you for this chance to work together!
Visit
dokscience.com
for more on Steampunk, fiction writing, and science fun!
Please fill out the workshop evaluations before leaving
Why Did We
do this?
A Well-Developed Setting is important because ...
Your characters are spawned in that world, learn who they are in that world, sometimes attempt to change that world, and are always themselves made and changed by that world
Action and plot move through your world and are guided by that world
Now You've Got Characters, Genre and Setting ...
... it's time to make things happen! Let's build a plot!
More -isms
Ableism
Genderism
Homophobism , Heterosexism, Heteronormativism
Cisnormativism
Transphobism
Ageism
Veteran-status discrimination
4 minutes
8.1
Graphing & Labeling Your Plot
Turn to the Graphing & Labeling Your Plot Activity in your packet and let's get started!
Why Did We
do this?
Mapping Your Plot Gives You ...
A framework to begin (and evolve) your story
Knowledge of when (and how) to engage and drive your readers
Awareness of conventions and how to strategically break them
Let's Review
Where's the Keyboard?
Only a woman shops?
This is a
picture
of a document,
not
an electronic file.
When will these women learn not to spend all of their husbands' hard earned money?
Ever heard of email?
He is writing on a sensing pad as if it were paper.
This device transmits handwriting as a photo.
Let's Review
What's up, is the printer broken?
Did he drop his cell in the gas station toilet?
This is why you 'dial' a phone number!
Perhaps a longer chord was an upcharge?
What's up, is the printer broken?
Also Check Out My 'Writing Steampunk' Pinterest Page
There are 178 links to tips on writing and on Steampunk!
Search for
STEMpunkED, Writing Steampunk: A Beginner's Guide
First Appearance of the Working Class
(Underclass)
He disappeared!
...at least she has cutting-edge kitchen tech made just for her! What more could a woman want?
Come explore the always fantastic, often humorous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally disturbing world of retro-futurism, speculative science fiction, and the Victorian era.
Wait a minute! What does all of this have to do with Steampunk?
Dude, what does this have to do with Steampunk again?
What Did You See?
1. Identify 1+ modern technology that makes this image seem extra laughable today. Why?
2. List 2+ pieces old tech you’ve seen (in media or in real life) that surprise or amuse you. Why?
Perhaps a Bit Closer to Home?
Let's
go paelo
on the 'modern' home media experience!
Bonus Question
Can you find at least 1 thing all of these views of the future have in common?
The future seems a bit monochrome (and mono-class) doesn't it . . .
This is not a coincidence.
choose one question to answer
choose one question
choose one question
choose one question
femininity - skin color
masculinity - class distinction
race superiority
weakness - restraint
steps to equality
dominate culture asserts control
blaming/shaming the victims
dire predictions for the future of society - hypocrisy included
the opinon of Lady Britiannia - and any reasonable woman
(please clean your hands with the wipes provided before touching the items)
Great Britain
Industry Fueled by Colonial Raw Materials
British Empire
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