Archive for January, 2012

The Western Character in Westerns

Writers of western fiction vary in their treatment of characters, especially the lead characters and the villans. Zane Grey, for example, always portrayed the hero as this solitary figure, typically with a past, taciturn to a fault, and possessed of sterling character when it comes to women, particularly the heroine that he is destined to rescue or protect.


For the Writers: Describing the Western Fiction Character

The character in a western fiction novel may not have to conform to any particular description of his or her features, but if you want to lend credibility to your character, you’ll put some description that conforms to the period as well as to the culture, and to the kind of work done by the character.