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What is a descriptive essay?

The descriptive essay is a genre of essay that asks the student to describe something object, person, place, experience, emotion, situation, etc. This genre encourages the students ability to create a written account of a particular experience. What is more, this genre allows for a great deal of artistic freedom the goal of which is to paint an image that is vivid and moving in the mind of the reader!. "ne might benefit from keeping in mind this simple maxim# $f the reader is unable to clearly form an impression of the thing that you are describing, try, try again% &ere are some guidelines for writing a descriptive essay.

Take time to brainstorm

$f your instructor asks you to describe your favorite food, make sure that you jot down some ideas before you begin describing it. 'or instance, if you choose pi((a, you might start by writing down a few words# sauce, cheese, crust, pepperoni, sausage, spices, hot, melted, etc. "nce you have written down some words, you can begin by compiling descriptive lists for each one.

Use clear and concise language.

This means that words are chosen carefully, particularly for their relevancy in relation to that which you are intending to describe.

Choose vivid language.

Why use horse when you can choose stallion) Why not use tempestuous instead of violent) "r why not miserly in place of cheap) *uch choices form a firmer image in the mind of the reader and often times offer nuanced meanings that serve better ones purpose.

Use your senses!

+emember, if you are describing something, you need to be appealing to the senses of the reader. ,xplain how the thing smelled, felt, sounded, tasted, or looked. ,mbellish the moment with senses.

What were you thinking?!

$f you can describe emotions or feelings related to your topic, you will connect with the reader on a deeper level. -any have felt crushing loss in their lives, or ecstatic joy, or mild complacency. Tap into this emotional reservoir in order to achieve your full descriptive potential.

Leave the reader with a clear impression.

"ne of your goals is to evoke a strong sense of familiarity and appreciation in the reader. $f your reader can walk away from the essay craving the very pi((a you just described, you are on your way to writing effective descriptive essays.

Be organi ed!

$t is easy to fall into an incoherent rambling of emotions and senses when writing a descriptive essay. &owever, you must strive to present an organi(ed and logical

description if the reader is to come away from the essay with a cogent sense of what it is you are attempting to describe.

Descriptive essay is purposely created so readers can readily imagine its particular subject matter. There are many different ways of making a descriptive essay really effective. Here are some of them: 1. Imaginative language this makes a descriptive essay really effective. The power of words is immeasurable if it is appropriately used. The art of playing with the most appropriate adjectives is the key for it. 2. Interesting comparisons although the subject matter in a descriptive essay is pretty simple, it somehow becomes extraordinary using interesting comparisons. A classic example to this is the act of the writer to compare a simple Ferris wheel to a horrible creature. 3. Varied vocabulary - in order to make a descriptive essay really effective it is essential to use varied vocabulary. Although simple words will be suffice to get the message across, using varied vocabulary also makes an essay even more interesting. It further actives the imagination of the reader for them to come up with a vivid picture of the subject matter. Using a wide array of words in a descriptive essay is indeed effective in the sense that it does not only drive away the readers burden but also ignites their curiosity. As such this type of essay will definitely make the readers mind work to create a vision with its rich vocabulary. 4. Using the senses another key to making a descriptive essay really effective is the use of appropriate adverb and adjectives that are pretty appealing to all the bodys senses. This is readily achieved if the writers have the ability to play with adjectives that are appropriate for each particular subject matter. For instance, instead of describing a simple smoking engine of the train, the writer can make it really appealing to the senses using extraordinary adjective. It will be a lot appealing to the readers sense if with this line: the trains engine is breathing line dragon. Although it is written in rather complicated manner, it remains attractive for readers to reckon with as it is one better way of igniting their interest to become more focus on the subject matter of the descriptive essay. 5. Being organized one of the most essential manner of making a descriptive essay really effective is to ensure that it is well organized. A descriptive essay should be well organized in order for it to be fully understood by the readers. It must have a concise introduction to provide the readers some sort of birds eye view on the subject matter. The body of a descriptive essay should therefore be composed of well written and detailed information on the subject matter of the descriptive essay. Essay writing services (for example, www.cool-essays.com) can help you with custom descriptive essay writing. We recommend you to follow our free guide of descriptive writing. So the article has laid out some of the essential ways to make a descriptive essay pretty effective for its readers. Using the appropriate adjectives that are truly appealing to the readers senses and making sure it is well organized are among the essential ways to ensure that a descriptive essay is well written and effective in its real sense. These should therefore be noted and must be taken with utmost consideration when writing descriptive essay.

-ore than many other types of essays, descriptive essays strive to create a deeply involved and vivid experience for the reader. .reat descriptive essays

achieve this affect not through facts and statistics but by using detailed observations and descriptions. What do you want to describe? /s you get started on your descriptive essay, it0s important for you to identify exactly what you want to describe. "ften, a descriptive essay will focus on portraying one of the following#

a person a place a memory an experience an object

1ltimately, whatever you can perceive or experience can be the focus of your descriptive writing. Why are you writing your descriptive essay? $t0s a great creative exercise to sit down and simply describe what you observe. &owever, when writing a descriptive essay, you often have a particular reason for writing your description. .etting in touch with this reason can help you focus your description and imbue your language with a particular perspective or emotion. Example: $magine that you want to write a descriptive essay about your grandfather. 2ou0ve chosen to write about your grandfather0s physical appearance and the way that he interacts with people. &owever, rather than providing a general description of these aspects, you want to convey your admiration for his strength and kindness. This is your reason for writing the descriptive essay. To achieve this, you might focus one of your paragraphs on describing the roughness of his hands, roughness resulting from the labor of his work throughout his life, but you might also describe how he would hold your hands so gently with his rough hands when having a conversation with you or when taking a walk. !ow should you write your description? $f there0s one thing you should remember as you write your descriptive essay, it0s the famous saying# show don0t tell. 3ut what0s the difference between showing and telling) 4onsider these two simple examples#

$ grew tired after dinner. /s $ leaned back and rested my head against the top of the chair, my eyelids began to feel heavy, and the edges of the empty plate in front of me blurred with the white tablecloth.

The first sentence tells readers that you grew tired after dinner. The second sentence shows readers that you grew tired. The most effective descriptive essays are loaded with such showing because they enable readers to imagine or experience something for themselves. /s you write your descriptive essay, the best way to create a vivid experience for your readers is to focus on the five senses.

sight sound smell touch taste

When you focus your descriptions on the senses, you provide vivid and specific details that show your readers rather than tell your readers what you are describing. "uick Tips #or Writing $our %escriptive &ssay Writing a descriptive essay can be a rich and rewarding experience, but it can also feel a bit complicated. $t0s helpful, therefore, to keep a 5uick checklist of the essential 5uestions to keep in mind as you plan, draft, and revise your essay.

Planning your descriptive essay:


What or who do you want to describe) What is your reason for writing your description) What are the particular 5ualities that you want to focus on)

Drafting your descriptive essay:


What sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures are important for developing your description) Which details can you include to ensure that your readers gain a vivid impression imbued with your emotion or perspective)

Revising your descriptive essay:


&ave you provided enough details and descriptions to enable your readers to gain a complete and vivid perception) &ave you left out any minor but important details) &ave you used words that convey your emotion or perspective) /re there any unnecessary details in your description) 6oes each paragraph of your essay focus on one aspect of your description) /re you paragraphs ordered in the most effective way)