WRITING: TRANSITIONS January 2, 2018

WRITING:  TRANSITIONS                                                January 2, 2018

When writing, we must create a road map of sorts for our readers to follow.   Readers need to be able to understand how and why our thoughts–phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs, and sections–are related to one another. To that end, our thoughts must be connected appropriately and clearly via the use of transitions–specifically, sentence adverbs and transitional phrases–to make reading and comprehension fluid and easy.

As you will see, a sentence adverb and a transitional phrase relate and connect the second sentence with the first.   Example:

Without sentence adverb: I had planned to go to the movies last night.   After a hard day at work I went home and slept all evening.

With sentence adverb: I had planned to go to the movies last night.   However, after a hard day at work I went home and slept all evening.

With transitional phrase: I had planned to go to the movies last night.   Surprising to no one, after a hard day at work I went home and slept all evening.

See the difference?  The first set of two sentences has a choppy sound to them because they are not connected by a sentence adverb; conversely, the other sets flow smoothly because they are connected by transitions.

Anything that writers and editors can do to make text readily understandable for readers is well worthwhile!

Many lessons and bits of advice in this writing/grammar series have been taken from Writestyle’s online campus of courses covering Grammar, Punctuation, Proofreading, and Editing.  If you need help, we’re here for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Vickie L. Weaver

Vickie L. Weaver

Owner at Writestyle
Writing has been an important talent and part of my life since I was a child.Professionally, after decades of employment for others, I founded Writestyle in 1996 to provide writing, editing, proofreading, training, and more to clients worldwide (www.writestyle.com).Clients often call my work “magic.”I have written and/or edited for “Coexistence Magazine” (national), for “Ohio Magazine,” and for various newspapers.In addition, I have edited or contributed to the writing of numerous books.Personally, I have written in various genres.I have always composed poetry; as such, I have won awards and publication for some of my poems, and I am compiling a book of my poetry.One of my children’s books is set for publication.With my second husband, family and friends in Ohio, I enjoy music and dance, aid charitable causes, and strive for beauty and harmony in life.
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