Thursday Writing Prompt No. 80

photo of stairwell

Stairwell at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

This time next week I will be in New Jersey for the Steampunk World’s Fair, which starts on Friday and runs through Sunday. I am going to be giving a presentation on airships in literature, which I have barely started putting together. Good thing I have a deadline looming over my head to make me get it done!

In honor of all things Steampunk and deadlines, this week’s Thursday Writing Prompt offers you five Victorian-era objects that you must work into a story. I’ll make it easy by giving you common objects instead of mystery items, and in some cases, Victorian things weren’t really so much different from the stuff we find in our homes or stores today. Except it wasn’t plastic, of course. Or polyester.

And you have a deadline, too: 30 minutes. That’s right, no cheating, set your timer for 1800 seconds and get writing. You must use all five of the Victorian objects in your story, which will be a Steampunk story, right? Okay, you can write whatever you want, but you get bonus points if you set the story in a Steampunk setting. If you don’t know what that is, do a little research before you start writing, not while you’re in the middle of crafting the perfect opening sentence.

Now, here are the five objects: a rug beater, a shilling, a candelabra, a stereoscope viewer, and a pocket watch.


One thought on “Thursday Writing Prompt No. 80

  1. But steampunk has become a lot more. What with all the cool contraptions in the stories, it was only natural that some people would decide to make some of them (or at least things like them). Thus, steampunk gadgets came into the real world. People has “steampunk’d” everything from computers, desks, telephone, watches and guitars to cars, motorcycles, and whole houses. These objects can vary from a grungy look of a forgotten antique to the shiny overwrought newness of a Victorian gentleman’s club. Think brass and copper, glass and polished wood, engraving and etching, and details for the sake of details. So, steampunk is also a design aesthetic.

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