Friday, March 8, 2013

Watch Those Transitions (Part 6 of 9)

As an author, you need to keep your prose moving forward. Think of it as coming to an intersection and the lights are green all the way. Think of your irritation if you hit six red lights in a two-mile stretch. If you can picture that, you can understand the necessity of smooth, effortless, forward-motion writing without calling attention to the words.

To make your shifting easier, here are four suggestions.

1. Add to or illustrate your point. Use also, and, moreover, or, similarly, for instance, another thing, furthermore or some other word or phrase.

2. Summarize what you've already written. Use words such as finally, to sum up, in summary, in conclusion, thus, in brief, so, or at last.

3. The element of time makes a good transition. Here's where you can insert words such as later, now, then, until, after, afterward, at once, frequently, occasionally, soon, or sooner. Here's an example of how this works. I ate breakfast, then I went for a three-mile walk.

4. Cause and effect. You probably do this often without realizing that it's a shift in thought: because, as a result, as a consequence, therefore, or thus.

I continue to learn ways to make my writing smoother 
by writing transitions.

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