I am seeking a single word to denote a character's train of connected thoughts, both when they are expounding a view or explaining something to another person and when they are analysing in their mind a set of circumstances or a problem.
the process of forming ideas or images.
- work or effort consisting principally or largely of mental activity, thought, imagination, etc., as opposed to physical or manual work.
- the effort of thought, reasoning, planning, or the like; ordered or directed thinking:
The working of the brain; thinking.
the process of thinking or arguing about something in a logical way
- [uncountable, countable, usually plural] the process of carefully considering or discussing something
1.1 Deep reflective thought
- the act of thinking deeply about something; deep thoughts about something
concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation
the faculty of thinking