This may be the wrong forum for this, and if that's the case, I apologize. Chalk one up for newbness...but I don't see another forum that's more appropriate for this topic. For my novel, I want the setting to be of a specific genre, steampunk. While I definitely have some hard-edged ideas about this world I want to create, I was wondering how some of you who have done this sort of thing have brainstormed to make it more realistic. JRR Tolkien for example, has entire books dedicated to describing the various races, places, and histories of his imaginary world, middle earth. While I can generalize about what I want, writing a detailed story and making it believable would involve specifics. Have you... Created a sketchbook for clothing styles and artifacts? Detailed what a "daily routine" would involve? etc. How did you go about developing an imaginary timeline so that your readers can immerse themselves in it?