Each paragraph in your story should flow naturally from the one before it. If you have gathered enough information, and if your lead is strong enough, you may find that your story seems to "write itself," flowing naturally from beginning to end.
But other stories seem "choppy," with the narrative taking jags and loops that could lose or confuse the reader.
Transitions smooth out those jags and make the story easier to read.
Here are some guidelines:
- Make sure your story elements are presented in a logical order. The most common order is the chronological order. This happened, then this happened, then this happened. For the sake of variety, you want to use the word "then" no more than once.
- Use introductions as transitions between speakers. For example:
Ed Smith, professor of biology at Ohlone, disagrees with the idea that frozen yogurt causes split ends.
"That's the craziest idea I've ever heard," he said.
- Set the scene for a new area of discussion. Don't just start in a new direction without notifying the reader. For example:
Meanwhile, a group of Ohlone instructors have been developing another theory, one based on experiments with bananas.
"We think we're on to something," said Professor Harold Foote.