Writing Tip #37: Make Clear Transitions
Make clear transitions between ideas. Young writers tend to struggle with transition. Their writing often jumps abruptly from sentence to sentence and paragraph to paragraph with no clear connection between the ideas. This is what writing teachers are getting at when they make comments like “choppy,” “jumpy, and “flow.” The relationship of one sentence to the next may seem obvious to the writer, but it is his responsibility to make it equally clear to his reader. Strong writing guides readers through the paper in such a way that they can effortlessly follow the train of thought. Transitional words, phrases, sentences – even whole paragraphs – are the glue that holds a paper together. Develop your skill in making graceful, logical transitions between sentences and paragraphs.
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