Choppy transitions are a major obstacle to persuasive writing that flows.
Transitions are tough, especially when you're first flexing stiff mental muscles. I know I've struggled with them here and there, and sometimes, they still make my eyebrows furrow.
Here are some helpful ideas for working transitions into your writing:
- Repeat a word at the end of one paragraph in the opening of the next.
- Refer back to a person or thing in the previous paragraph.
- Begin paragraphs with parallel structures (e.g., Your paragraph starts with "For love of country, he...," and then the next begins with "For love of state, he...").
- Use simple transitional markers (e.g., as a result, consequently, however, moreover) and contrast phrases (e.g., after all, at the same time, nevertheless, on the other hand).
If after working in functional transitions you still find your writing clunky in certain areas, you might be trying to fit the wrong information into the wrong places. You may have to revise a little deeper.
Believe me when I say focusing on transitions between points or ideas is time well spent. This is a golden skill to develop!