Monday Money$: How to Build a Transition Sentence!

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Welcome back to our Winter Quarter everyone! I hope everyone had a  relaxing, short little break. So it’s that time of the year again, to get back into school mode!  So, before we all begin to write the papers that await us, I just want to offer some tips on transition sentences since it is something that I personally always struggle with a little more. Over the break I came across this resource written by Deborah Owen with the Creative Writing Institute. She gives a really short and sweet explanation on what you should think about when coming up with transition sentences. I’ll provide you with the link below, just in case you want to check out the site some more.

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“Transitions usually root in the first line of a new paragraph, but on occasion, you’ll find them in the last line. If you can find a common denominator, you can make a smooth transition, like this:

Think of transition sentences as a bridge that goes from one place to another. If the bridge is too short or not properly constructed, it can be a jarring experience. [Setting up for the transition.] There are many bridges in writing.

For instance, ‘warty characters’ (characters that have physical, emotional, or psychological flaws), act as a bridge to help the reader separate characters. Imagery is another bridge, as it translates to the five senses. Likewise, transition sentences are a bridge that escort the reader from a previous topic or scene to a new one.

You can skip decades with one good transition sentence:

Sarah clutched her father’s pocket watch to her buxom and listened to the strained tune. She smiled, thinking of the days when he tried to hypnotize her until she went cross-eyed. Now, thirty years later, fond memories brought a surge of tears.

The transition phrase was, “Now, thirty years later…. “ There is no need to follow your character through opening and closing every door, eating a full meal, or taking a long trip to a destination. Cut the trivia and keep the meat by inserting a transition sentence.

Other good transition words and phrases are: besides, in addition to, instead of, specifically, to sum up, although, beyond, close, for instance, again, moreover, accordingly, as a result, during, to illustrate, finally, on the contrary, to compare, consequently, subsequently, if, then, meanwhile, but, nevertheless, therefore, otherwise, so, formerly.

Something you can do, that is also very simple, is pay attention to what you read (novels, articles, etc.), notice how the author connects the idea of his/her last sentence in one paragraph to the beginning sentence (the transition sent.) of the next paragraph. It should make a smooth transition so that the reader knows what information to expect in the following paragraph. Without transitions, your writing can be very choppy or confusing even. When you can recognize transition phrases, words, and sentences, you’ll be able to use them effectively in your own writing. Remember the secret: a transition sentence must use part of the topic it left and part of the topic it is approaching.”

Post by: Alexandra 

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