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How to write a descriptive essay?
Writing a descriptive essay is a good creative exercise that allows you to horn your writing skills. A descriptive essay describes something. Detailed observations and descriptions are the soul of a descriptive essay. Here are a few tips on writing a descriptive essay.
What do you want to describe?
Before you start writing your descriptive essay, you have to identify exactly what you want to describe. In descriptive essays, people usually write about a person, a place, an experience or a memory.
How should you write your description?
Show donít tell. This is an oft-repeated advice about the process of writing a descriptive essay. The most effective descriptive essays are full of descriptions that allow readers to see and experience things for themselves. As you can probably imagine, your ability to paint a vivid picture with words is what makes your descriptive essay outstanding. You can create a vivid experience for your readers by focusing on their senses. So write descriptions that will appeal to those senses.
Quick Tips for Writing Your Descriptive Essay
Writing a descriptive essay is a great creative exercise, but sometimes it can feel a bit complicated. Here are a few things to keep in your mind as you plan, draft and revise your essay.
Planning your descriptive essay
Before you start writing, you have to decide what or who you want to describe. If you are writing the essay for an examination, you will have the topic provided for you. Once you have a topic to write about, you have to think about the reason for writing your description. Why do you want to write about this person or object? What are the qualities or other features that make this person / object a great topic for your descriptive essay?
Drafting your descriptive essay
It is nearly impossible to write the perfect essay on the first try. So donít worry too much about getting it right as soon as you start preparing the first draft. Think about all the points you want to include in your essay. Jot them down on a blank sheet of paper. Once you have prepared an outline for your essay, you can start writing your first draft. Elaborate on each point in your outline. Once you have got the draft ready, revise it. Sometimes, you might need to write three or four drafts. Keep revising your draft until you are satisfied with it. Look for spelling or grammar mistakes and correct them.
The choice of words in your essay is very important. They must convey your emotion. Have you left out any minor but important details? While revising your descriptive essay, make sure that you have provided enough details and descriptions that would help the reader get a vivid and complete picture.
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