Transitions

transitional words

The way for writers to make their readers recognize connections between the ideas in their stories, is to use transitions. Transition words help you to present the information in your story in an effective manner, like signaling connection between a main idea and supporting ideas. Besides this, transition word also works to show contrasts and comparisons, or to identify concepts that are related.

Transitions words can be used within and between paragraphs, but always be careful not to use too many transitional words, as it can make your story harder to read.

Some sentences in a story can stand alone without any transitions, but other sentences might need transitions to make it clear to your reader how the sentences relate or connect. Paragraph transitions also help to connect ideas in your story, and also to maintain the logical flow.

Simply said, transitions help to fill the gap between your ideas.
(Please note that many of the words in the tables below are more suitable for technical and business writing, than for fictional writing.)

Transitional words are:

  • To compare and/or contrast;
  • To show addition;
  • To show time and sequence;
  • To conclude or summarize;
  • To elaborate;
  • To show cause and effect,

To compare and/or contrast

after all however otherwise
although in contrast simultaneously
although this is true in spite of still
at the same time in the meantime to the contrary
but meanwhile when in fact
conversely nevertheless whereas
even so nonetheless while
even though notwithstanding while this is true
for all that on the other hand yet

To show addition

actually besides lastly
additionally equally important let alone
again finally moreover
also further next
alternatively furthermore nor
and in addition not to mention
and then in all honesty too
as a matter of fact indeed to say nothing of
as well as in fact what’s more

To show time and sequence

after a few hours formerly presently
afterwards in the meantime previously
and then in the past since
at last later soon
at length next then
finally now thereafter
first, second, third, etc. of late while

To conclude or summarize

all in all given these points in summation
as noted above in brief in the end
eventually in conclusion on the whole
finally in short to conclude

To elaborate

additionally in addition likewise
as an illustration incidentally namely
as well as including notably
being that indeed specifically
equally important in fact such as
for example in other words to demonstrate
for instance in particular to illustrate

To show cause and effect

accordingly for in that case
as a result forthwith therefore
because hence thereupon
consequently in effect thus

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