Transition (fiction)

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.

Purpose of transitions

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]

Types of transition

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

See also


  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.


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