Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ranger Jim's Ramblings for February

Well, winter has finally arrived in New England. Got out in the snow for a ride on Sunday, then went sledding, but now, with temperatures in the teens and the winds blowing 30+ m.p.h. for the next three or four days, Yankee will be in the barn at night, and I'll be in the house.
As everyone knows, I'm a writer of traditional Westerns. I love a story with lots of action, plenty of fistfights, and lots of gun battles. And where the good guys usually win in the end. However, you can't have a story with nothing but shooting and punching. I like to add some humor (although some folks would question my sense of humor) and a touch of romance. Since this is February, it's the month of St. Valentine's day and love.

Now, when I say I like a touch of romance, I don't mean any explicit sex scenes. I find it much more interesting, and romantic, for love to take a bit of time to develop. Even when one of my characters makes a trip upstairs with a saloon gal, the sex scene is almost always implied. I think it's far better to leave things to the reader's imagination than to write a raunchy, sweaty romp in the bed.

And of course, the main character in my stories would never, ever mistreat a woman. He might end up in bed with her, but it's by mutual choice, and the woman is never roughly treated.

In short, a western does need its love scenes, but it doesn't need to be like today's R rate movies. A little goes a long way, and lets the reader fill in the scene as he or she pictures it.

Until March,

"Ranger" Jim


  1. You will get no arguement from me. Enjoy the days in, and have when when you get back out. Doris McCraw/Angela Raines

  2. Jim,

    Here, here. Write respectfully for adult and child. A good writer can write rugged realistic scenes without being crass. That includes a romantic relationship. Good for adult and child who picks up the story and reads it. What you're saying, is what I believe: CAUSE NO HARM.

  3. That's one happy horse! Enjoyed your insights on writing, Jim.