Film Courage: What is a loose outline versus a more structured outline?
Andrew Warren, Author: For me when I outline it gets much easier after you’ve written a few books because I think you sort of find an internal rhythm. My books tend to fall around 70-to-90,000 words (that’s kind of the average range). I tend to have about 30-to-40 chapters and my chapters tend to be 1,500-to-2,000 words each. Having gone through it and now knowing that I can sort of lay out what it’s going to be, almost like note carding for a screenplay, I usually take an Excel document and put 40 rows and I just sort of write each chapter what I think will happen…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
Andrew Warren is the international best-selling author of the Thomas Caine thriller series. Andrew also writes the space fantasy series Tales of Talon under the pen name of A.A. Warren. Andrew was born in New Jersey, and studied film and English at the University of Miami. He has over a decade of experience in the television and motion picture industry, where he has worked as a post production supervisor, story producer, and writer. He currently lives in Southern California.
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