Paragraphs represent the basic unit of composition: one idea, one paragraph.
However, to present a clear, unified train of thought to your readers, you must make sure each paragraph follows the one before it and leads to the one after it through clear, logical transitions.
Although Cramer managed this transition in a single sentence, transitions between large sections of an essay sometimes require entire paragraphs to explain their logic.
Proofreading Paragraph Transitions At some point in your editing process, look at the end of each paragraph and see how it connects to the first sentence of the paragraph following it.
At the beginning of each supporting paragraph, start with a topic sentence.
This is a way to introduce the ideas that you’re going to discuss in that paragraph.
Here is a list of some of them, courtesy of The Brief Holt Handbook: Use them wisely and sparingly, and never use one without knowing its precise meaning.
Implied or Conceptual Transitions Not every paragraph transition requires a conjunctive adverb or transitional phrase; often, your logic will appear through a word or concept common to the last sentence of the preceding paragraph and the topic sentence of the following paragraph.
Keep in mind that adequate transitions cannot simply be added to the essay without planning.
Without a good reason for the sequence of your paragraphs, no transition will help you.