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Personally, I always use an extra carriage return between paragraphs to mark a new section. With that said, if you include an introductory paragraph that summarizes your overall structure, it will make it much easier for people to follow your transitions, even without the "listing" words. Finally, if each section feels like a complete thought, the reader ...


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I don't understand this question. When you write an article, that article will have one theme or subject. Everything that your write within that article will relate to that theme, and therefore everything that you write will somehow relate to each other. Your writing must make that connection clear, and that is the purpose of what you call "transition ...


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Two classical typewriter methods are White-space and the Horizontal Rule. On the other hand, verbal transitions have significant value, in that they are clearer than simple formatting. I get the impression that your main objection is the feeling that they contribute to the cliche of the format (you read one self help book, you know how they all are ...


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One approach that I use is to write like a scientist. Rather than draw conclusions, scientists are trained to record their observations--for instance, a list of temperatures measured at 1-minute intervals during an experiment, rather than simply writing "Nuclear fusion was achieved!" So in fiction, you might say, "Small droplets of sweat appeared on Sumi's ...


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Do writers need 10,000 hours of training to become successful writers? Let us look at some evidence. Many people write poems, stories and (parts of) novels at some point in their lives, but very few manage to get a book published. So I will, for the moment, use getting a book published as an indicator for success as a writer. Now, here is a graphic taken ...


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One thing to remember is that our concept of time and specifically splitting much of our experience into units of time ("he held his breath for a second" and "I'll see you in 15 minutes" and "It will take 3 hours to walk to the next village") is very modern and evolved in the context of timepieces of increasing accuracy. Prior to accurate time pieces, ...


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Omitting should be an accessible approach, Steven. "Show, don't tell is a technique often employed in various kinds of texts to enable the reader to experience the story through action, words, thoughts, senses, and feelings rather than through the author's exposition, summarization, and description. If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing ...


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To me, the best exercise yet is Chuck Palahniuk's recommendation to avoid "thought verbs" for a couple of months.


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Be more detailed. What was the weather like for the scene? What is the nature of the relationship between the characters? What do they look like? Is there anything special about their actions?



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