INTERVIEWER

How do you approach transitions between these various sections?

MCPHEE

You look for good juxtapositions. If you’ve got good juxtapositions, you don’t have to worry about what I regard as idiotic things, like a composed transition. If your structure really makes sense, you can make some jumps and your reader is going to go right with you. You don’t need to build all these bridges and ropes between the two parts.

Paris Review – The Art of Nonfiction No. 3, John McPhee

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