Transition (fiction)

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Transitions in fiction are words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or punctuation that may be used to signal various changes in a story, including changes in time, location, point-of-view character, mood, tone, emotion, and pace.[1][2] Transitions are sometimes listed as one of various fiction-writing modes.


Transitions provide for a seamless narrative flow as a story shifts in time, location, or point-of view. They aid the internal logic of a story by moving readers from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph, idea to idea, scene to scene, and chapter to chapter with grace and ease.[3]


Transitions in fiction may take any of several forms, including chapter breaks, section breaks, and summarization.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Morrell, 2006, p. 281-2.
  2. ^ Polking, 1990, p. 495.
  3. ^ Morrell, 2006, p. 281-2.
  4. ^ Rosenfeld, 2008, p. 258-265.
  5. ^ Marshall, 1998, p. 137-8.


  • Marshall, E (1998). The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing. Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books. ISBN 1-58297-062-9.
  • Morrell, JP (2006). Between the Lines: Master the Subtle Elements of Fiction Writing. Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books. ISBN 978-1-58297-393-7.
  • Polking, K (1990). Writing A to Z. Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books. ISBN 0-89879-435-8.
  • Rosenfeld, JE (2008). Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time. Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books. ISBN 978-1-58297-479-8.