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“Necessary Transition”. Author: Elisabeth Dahl (freelance writer and editor in California. ) Presented by: Cid Shull. Website. Hosted by: EEI Communications “The Publishing Think Tank”. Introduction. What is a Transition?

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necessary transition

“Necessary Transition”

Author: Elisabeth Dahl

(freelance writer and editor in California.)

Presented by: Cid Shull

  • Hosted by: EEI Communications “The Publishing Think Tank”
  • What is a Transition?
  • Different Types of Transitions.
  • Tips when using Transitions.
  • Conclusion.
a transition
A Transition
  • “They're the glue that binds” and “help readers follow what you write.”
  • Transitions keep our arguments, descriptions, pitches, reports, and explanations not just cohesive but coherent.
  • They can be used to connect sentences or even paragraphs.
  • Examples: nonetheless, but, similarly, at the same time, in addition, etc…
types of transitions
Types of Transitions
  • Blunt Little Transitions:

Using transition words like ‘but’ or ‘however’ when you're shifting direction can make it easier for your readers to follow and make your sentences less abrupt.

Example: However, small transition words aren't the only option for making a message clear!

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Types of Transitions
  • More Subtle Transitions:

Establishing a rhythm of repetition that moves from the negative "I am not…" and "I cannot…" to the affirmative "I am..."

i.e. telling the reader what isn’t and then stating what is, or vice versa.

Beginning a paragraph with a quotation or explanation that builds on information from a previous paragraph.

i.e. giving a definite name or definition to a previously loose-fitting description.

tips when using transitions
Tips When Using Transitions
  • Elisabeth Dahl states: “As writers and editors, we understand instinctively that readers need transitions, but we also work at getting rid of unnecessary words.”
  • Try not to: overuse transitions when writing papers.
  • Try to: make your transitions as subtle as possible and don’t take away from the main topic or message.
  • “The best transitions rarely call attention to themselves.”
  • More interesting techniques often guide the reader through a piece of writing more smoothly.
  • For more transition examples:
  • Questions?