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When your fears about your writing come true…

HypothyroidWriter.com writing fears blog post Sarah Lentz

Naming the fearsThe other day, I was looking over a mind-map I'd created for my first book and reading the bits about the fears I had with regard to writing and self-publishing it. These (some of them, at least) will no doubt sound familiar: the fear that I'll put months into writing this book only to realize that no one cares to read it -- much less spend money on itthe fear that no matter how much time and effort I put...

Logic and Writing (Part One): Deductive vs. Inductive Reasoning and valid vs. sound arguments

HypothyroidWriter.com logic in writing part one blog post Sarah Lentz

Logic in Writing: Part OneDeductive vs. Inductive ReasoningThose who know me best won't be surprised to read that I prefer deductive reasoning to inductive. I've never been a fan of making general statements about a group of people, based on a few specific examples. This is how we get statements like "you get what you pay for" and "anyone who voted for him/her is my enemy / an idiot / going to he**."We can do better.This series of posts has to...

From idea to brain dump to outline to writing your first book

HypothyroidWriter.com book outline blog post Sarah Lentz

In the beginning...Every book starts with an idea. Then we take that idea and build on it -- breaking it down into sub-ideas -- often by creating an outline. Often that outline starts out as a list or a mind-map -- a visual brain-dump. From there, we flesh it out. We take the big ideas that sprang from that first idea and expand on them, seeing where each one takes us and making connections as we go. We turn those big ideas into...