The dictionary describes Transition as a passage from one stage, subject or place to another.
Transitions are a part of life, they change the world, and they change you and the people around you.
They can be as devastating as the death of someone, or as simple as starting school or moving to another part of town. Or in my case, across the country.
Romance writers know all about goal, motivation and conflict. When you think about it most genre fiction, be it romance, mystery, or whatever starts because of some sort of transition.
Think about it, the stranger moving to town. The injured soldier, or the injured cowboy, each with a secret. What happens when that secret is revealed will change them. That is a transition. The person who moves to another town, hoping to hide something. Even a murder and the effect it has on family, friends, even the cops who are investigating it.
That is a transition.
I like to think of transitions when I am starting a story. I usually start with a situation.
In my current book, The Pink Lady, I started with the main character inheriting a house; what she decides to do with the house that is her transition. Everything that happens is part of the journey or passage to another place, be it physical or otherwise.
That after all is the description of a transition