Writing & Editing 101 transitions to help connect your writing Tired of the standard ‘but’ and ‘however’? Try these words and phrases to link one thought to the next. By Laura Hale BrockwayMay 6, 2015 SHARE Ragan Insider Premium Content Transitions can make or break your writing. Good transition words connect sentences and paragraphs and turn disconnected writing into a unified whole. They help the reader (and writer) move from idea to idea. To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.