Good transitions in an article set the stage for the following paragraph, as well as demonstrate the intended relationships between the ideas the writer is presenting. A good transition from paragraph to paragraph is like a carefully stitched seam. You don't notice when it works well, but leave it out and the garment has noticeable holes.

Step 1

Choose a couple of adjacent paragraphs that lack transitional elements. Call these "Paragraph A" and "Paragraph B." Be certain that they should be logically connected in the first place.

Step 2

Determine the relationship between the main ideas of both paragraphs. For example, Paragraph B might build upon the logic of Paragraph A, or it could present a counterargument. Understanding this relationship is critical in choosing the right transitional element.

Step 3

Take note of how Paragraph A concludes. It should leave the door open for some sort of continuation.

Step 4

Revise the opening sentence of Paragraph B so that it picks up where Paragraph A left off. Use transitional elements like "next," or "in addition" to move the discussion forward.

Step 5

Reread the two paragraphs. Notice if the transition is smooth and logical. If not, continue revising. It is possible that these two paragraphs don't belong next to each other, and you should think about reorganizing the entire document.