## Tuesday, December 27, 2011

### From Here to There

Transitional words create powerful links in your story, taking the reader from one idea to the next.  Here are some common categories and examples of transitional words and phrases gathered from The Writer's Handbook.

furthermore, moreover, too, also, in the second place, again, in addition, even more, next, further, last, lastly, finally, besides, and, or, nor, first, second, secondly
Time
while, immediately, never, after, later, earlier, always, when, soon, whenever, meanwhile, sometimes, in the meantime, during, afterwards, now, until now, next, following, once, then, at length, so far, simultaneously, this time, subsequently
Place
here, there, nearby, behond, wherever, opposite to, adjacent to, neighboring on, above, below
Exemplification or Illustration
to illustrate, to demonstrate, specifically, for instance, as in illustration, for example
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Comparison
in the same way, by the same token, similarly, in like manner, likewise, in similar fashion
Contrast
yet, and yet, nevertheless, nonetheless, after all, but, however, though, otherwise, on the contrary, in contrast, notwithstanding, on the other hand, at the same time
Clarification
that is to say, in other words, to explain, that is, to clarify, to rephrase it, to put it another way
Cause
because, since, on account of, for that reason
Effect
therefore, consequently, accordingly, thus, hence, as a result
Purpose
in order that, so that, to that end, to this end, for this purpose
Qualification
almost, nearly, probably, never, always, frequently, perhaps, maybe, although
Intensification
indeed, to repeat, by all means, of course, doubtedly, certainly, without doubt, yes, no, undoubtedly, in fact, surely, in fact