How to Write Steampunk

So, you wanna write a steampunk tale? I recommend you start by researching Victorian times – my favourite book is “Victorian London” by Liza Picard. Her section on bathing is hilarious.

You can also go here, for some of the most beloved bits and bobs of steampunk compositions:

You can read Richard Harland’s “Worldshaker”, “Girl Genius” online comics, or anything by Philip Reeve (keeping in mind that “Larklight” is G-rated and hilarious, but his Mortal Engines series is MA). The genre is flexible enough that the Girl Genius creators and Philip Reeve both say they’re not steampunk. (Whatever. . .)

Here are some examples of people who dressed a little steampunk by accident (one is from a wedding, and the other a pirate ball). Note the vests and/or cravat.

Today’s awesomeness is S#47: Participate in Operation Beautiful. You can find details at I posted these notes on my mum’s bathroom mirror:

This time it’s super easy to play along at home. (Although I don’t recommend gentlemen readers post anything in ladies’ bathrooms.)

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5 thoughts on “How to Write Steampunk

    1. Thanks Nick. I think waistcoats are beginner steampunk – something most people can manage (should they choose to). I’ll be posting a pic or two from that link very shortly. Fob watches are a must to reach intermediate steampunkery (assuming one doesn’t distinguish between steampunk and clockpunk).

    1. Nick: Agreed. Your waistcoats definitely have a more early 1900s gangster feel about them. Thanks for another tvtropes moment (and by “moment” I mean “day”).


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