Disconnected Writing Kills: Great Transition Words Just Might Be the Cure

There is nothing worse than disconnected, disjointed writing. Your target audience completely gets lost (and not in translation). Your message is missed. And quite simply, no one understands what you’re trying to say.

But never fear…this, too, can be cured with great transition words. No magic wand needed…just you and your fabulous writing skills that will connect sentences and paragraphs into a unified body of writing.

Transition words help both the reader and the writer move from one idea to another idea in one fluid movement. Seamlessly. Painlessly. And with utter understanding.

Admittedly, transitions can be tricky if you aren’t accustomed to using them properly. Their placement can be awkward, making your writing even more cumbersome. And, I’m sorry to say, but no, you can’t just rely on your old stand-by words of  “but,” “however,” and “in addition.” You’ll need a handy list to pull from…and look what I just happen to have for you:

  • accordingly
  • admittedly
  • afterward
  • alternatively
  • altogether
  • as a result
  • at the same time
  • at this point
  • by comparison
  • certainly
  • clearly
  • concurrently
  • consequently
  • considering this
  • conversely
  • evidently
  • further
  • furthermore
  • given these points
  • in any case
  • incidentally
  • indeed
  • meanwhile
  • moreover
  • nevertheless
  • notably
  • obviously
  • on the contrary
  • otherwise
  • overall
  • previously
  • surprisingly
  • therefore
  • whereas
  • yet

Clearly, not every word on this list will work for your style of writing, nor is this list exhaustive. Moreover, pick and choose your transition words carefully to reflect your style of writing. And, yes, “clearly” and “moreover” were my choices for transition words to end this blog. I think they both work for my style of writing, don’t you?

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Proof Your Work. Then Proof It…Again

I read the most HYSTERICAL weather forecast last night. Our local meteorologist blogged the following sentence: Tomorrow night the sun will shine and by morning temperatures will drop.

Hmmm. I don’t know about you, but unless you live in the Arctic Circle at a particular time of year, the sun simply does not shine at night. And trust me, I do not live in the Arctic Circle.

And here in lies the problem: writing should be left to the professionals, or if amateurs are doing their own writing, then they should employ the talents of a professional editor or, at the very least, a proofreader, to review their work and clean it up. I mean, come on, this is out there for their audience, their public, to read, and when they write like they are illiterate, how does that reflect on their credibility, or that of the station they work for?

I have to admit, the first time I read that line, it stopped me dead in my tracks. I had to re-read it. Twice. I couldn’t believe what I actually saw. On the Internet. For all the world to see. And then I laughed so hard I thought I would die. It’s so damn funny!

Which brings me to my point: if you refuse to use a professional writer, or your budget simply won’t allow for it, for the love of all things sacred, please, please, please, proof your work before you publish it to the Internet.

Your audience will thank you for it, and trust me, you will save face!

Want to Write? Get a Plan

Almost all successful writing begins with a response to an idea, experience, problem, or question. It’s hardly ever random. And your response needs some kind of process, even if it’s a rather loose one, which is what I prefer, otherwise I get so caught up in the process of writing I never actually get pen to paper.

So as a jumping off point, any writing response requires the following process in order to get from A to Z successfully:

  • defining a purpose
  • knowing your audience
  • planning
  • drafting
  • revising
  • editing
  • revising
  • revising some more
  • proofing

You can craft your process based off of this one. It may take some trial and error to see what actually works for you; you’ll find it. And once you do, your writing will flow so much more smoothly for you. What it will never do, however, is go from idea to finished product without a number of steps in between. But wouldn’t that be nice for a change?