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What makes steampunk unique?

I've had some vague sense that steampunk involves anachronism. Technologies out of place for their time. It might mean parallel universes since it entails a world with much of what our world has, but some alternative history took place, leaving steam trains alongside advanced tech. I decided I really must research it since I need to know if there are …

When you’re writing an emotional or difficult scene, how do you set the mood?

I realized today that I enter a difficult scene with excitement now, rather than getting intimidated by its logistics, because I know to find the emotional hook first. Rather than keeping it a cerebral exercise, I ask myself, "What does it feel like to the character?" Once I get in touch with the feelings and sensations in the setting, momentum …

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