Segues are used hand-in-hand with transitions to create uninterrupted movement between ideas. Without the use of segues, ideas can appear disconnected and the writing may appear to lack continuity.

In what ways are segues used to signal a shift in ideas?

  • To reiterate an earlier point before introducing another: Segues may be used to remind the reader of an important point or detail from an earlier discussion and link that idea to a new point.
  • To focus on how the author moved from one point to the next: Writers should not rely on their readers to make correct inferences about how two points relate. Instead, skilled writers make clear connections between ideas by using appropriate words or phrases to segue from one point to the next.
  • To help move the reader forward: Segues signal to the reader that they have left one destination and are moving on to another. In other words, they indicate that the author has finished discussing one point and is now presenting a related point or a new point.

Let’s look at an example:

  • Topic: Women’s and men’s perceptions of synthetically sculpted female bodies in magazines and advertisements
  • Main point of one body paragraph: One of the body paragraphs discusses how air brushing and photo editing of celebrities’ and models’ bodies in magazines and advertisements affects women’s body image.
  • Main point of the next body paragraph: The next paragraph discusses how such synthetic representations affect men’s perception of the female body.
  • Suggested segue sentence to link the paragraphs: While the media’s synthetic portrayal of the female body has an observable effect on women’s body image, such representations impact men’s perceptions less clearly.

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