I am struggling to organize small to medium size chunks of writing into coherent trains of thought. I will first describe my problem and then describe what kind of solution I'm looking for.
Suppose I want to express an idea. If I can express my idea in a short paragraph or string of paragraphs (say 3000-4000 words), my writing is fine.
But suppose I have many ideas to express. Let's say I have 15 to 20 pages single-spaced worth and they are on related but separate topics. Now my organization starts to deteriorate. I lose the confidence and creativity that I have when I work with smaller quantities of writing.
(1) I have trouble limiting what I am talking about. I never know where to draw the line between what I have to teach and what I should assume the reader knows.
(2) I rely on logic to give my ideas organization and, if there aren't definite logical relations between ideas, I don't know how to structure my writing. Just simply writing without thinking usually creates mess. I'll still have sentences that flow and structure within paragraphs, but overall between paragraphs becomes a mess
WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR:
(1) A resource that can help me learn to take many ideas (ie sequences of paragraphs) and organize them in a clear way so that the work as a whole feels organized
(2) a resource that can help me within chapters create fluid transitions between explanations and arguments on different subtopics.