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Descriptive Writing

The main purpose of descriptive writing is to define or describe a person, place or thing. Paying close attention by using all the five senses to the details and capturing an incident through descriptive writing in such a way that a picture is formed in the reader's mind. If a student can portray that the readers take off from a descriptive essay with the feel that they have indeed met a person, gone to a certain place, or held a certain entity, the student has done a great job.
Avoid telling what something looks like, tell how it smells, tastes, sounds, or feels!
A Descriptive essay merely describes someone or something by engaging the reader’s mind.  A linguistic strategy using sensory facts like vision, sound, touch, smell and taste to depict a person, place, or thing. Descriptions are used in various types of nonfiction, which includes autobiographies, journals, memoirs, wildlife writing, summaries, athletic and tourism writing. Educating students to write more descriptively will develop their writing and make it more exciting and appealing to read. Descriptive writing is important for students:
  • As it helps students to think inventively
  • It encourages students to learn and use new vocabulary words
  • It clarify's the understanding of a subject material


Writing your Descriptive Essay

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The descriptive writing is a type of essay that requires a student to describe something or the ability to create an account of a specific experience —objective, individual, habitation, knowledge, feeling, state, etc. Descriptive writing inspires students to write about certain image that is vibrant and moving in the mind of the reader allowing artistic freedom. The purpose of Descriptive writing is to reveal the details of the subject through complete intellectual observation and bring the subject to life. If readers feel an emotional connection and gratitude for the subject’s significance, the writer has indeed done a great job.
Description is the chic writing where the essayist relates to the audience a visual picture of the described theme. Time and again, a descriptive essay will focus on depicting one of the following:
  • a person
  • a place
  • a memory
  • an experience
  • an object
Planning a descriptive writing:
  • What does the writer intend to describe?
  • Who does the writer want to describe?
  • What is your reason for writing the description?
  • What are the individual qualities that are focused?
Drafting a descriptive writing:
  • What visions, sounds, smells, savors, and qualities are important for the description writing?
  • What details can draw a connection between the writing and the reader?
  • Which details can be included to ensure a brilliant impression filled with emotion or perception?

Revising the descriptive essay:

  • Is adequate details provided allowing readers to gain an excellent perception?
  • Are any minor but important details left out?
  • Are words that convey emotion or feeling properly used?
  • Does each paragraph emphasis on one facet of the description?
  • Are paragraphs organized in utmost effective way?
Writing Your Descriptive Essay

Types of Description

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Subjective description conveys the writer's individual view or opinion about the subject being described.  Example: an eatery review or movie review. 

Objective description emphasizes the actual qualities of what is being described. It is factual neglecting the writer’s attention or writers feelings. The words are neutral in a objective description because they dont carry any emotional claim.

Figurative description
depends on creating similarities between objects, frequently through simile (e.g. bright as the moon, or fragile as a snowflake) or metaphor. Such similarities allow the reader to observe the entity more accurately.

Example of Descriptive Writing

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  1. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee.
  2. A mountain breeze feels different from a sea breeze.
  3. You can “taste” things you’ve never eaten: how would soap taste?
  4. The sun sprinkled tiny diamonds across dew-covered grass as it peeked out from beyond the horizon.
  5. The sun was shining and a slight breeze blew across my face.
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