Posted by: episystechpubs | June 6, 2014

Editors Corner: Transitions

Good morning and happy Friday!

Transitions, if written well, connect your paragraphs into logically coherent information.

Whether they are single words, quick phrases, or full sentences, transitions also help readers understand how the information works together.

Documentation without transitions resembles a traffic collision because it doesn’t flow . Think of transitions as a way to merge your information. Transitions will give your writing clarity and make it much more effective to the reader.

Writing effective transitions isn’t as difficult as it may sound. You just need to highlight the connections between corresponding paragraphs.

Here’s an example:

I loved reading Roald Dahl books as a child. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was the first book I read and I was fascinated with the characters. Dahl’s stories kept me entertained for hours. He had a gift for storytelling.

Because Dahl’s books brought pure delight to my childhood, I decided to buy my children his books. We read his books together every night before bedtime.

When you read your document, look at each paragraph to make sure it connects to the beginning of the next paragraph. If there is no connection, you may need to improve the transition or reorganize the paragraphs.

Have a great weekend!

Thank you,

Jackie Solano

Technical Writer, Episys Technical Publications

Symitar®

8985 Balboa Avenue

San Diego, California 92123

Direct Line: 619-542-6711


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