Tips on how to write a descriptive essay

by Samantha Smiles   Google

Descriptive essay can be rather hard for you to write if creativity and rich imagination are not exactly among your personal strengths. The point is that this essay type requires you to describe an object, person or situation with much precision: the more vivid your language is, the higher grade you are likely to receive. If your creativity is bursting, though, you are sure to enjoy the artistic freedom that this genre implies! Your goal is to describe something in so much detail so as to let your readers live through the situation you are talking about! Here are some guidelines on how to write a descriptive essay to make your readers forget where they are:

1. Start with brainstorming. Though productive for any essay type, it is especially helpful with a descriptive essay. If you need to describe a rural landscape or a farm that you remember from your childhood, you should evoke the memories in your mind and let them flow on the paper without any restraints. Think of those limitless fields and fiery sunsets, remember the smell of freshly cut grass and the sound of birds chattering on the willow. Write it all and think what you would like to describe in more detail.

2. Write only what is relevant. Many students feel tempted to deviate from the main object of description and plunge into reflection on philosophical matters. Stay focused and write only what concerns your topic.

3. Use vivid language to accentuate the nuances. Instead of generic terms like “go', “talk', you can use more colorful words, like “wobble', “stride', “treat', prattle', “spout', “gabble'...Online thesaurus can help you to find the most suitable and evocative words. Subtle nuances are indispensable for impressing your readers, but don't go overboard with it: sometimes students resort to sophisticated words that no one can actually understand. 

4. Avoid cliches and generalities. If you want to make a comparison, make it in your own way and don't resort to hackneyed expressions.   

5.  Appeal to the senses of your readers. Apart from describing the appearance of some object, you should also convey the smell, the sound, the touch and so on. It will help your readers to imagine the situation in a better way. 

6. When you are writing a descriptive essay about people (say, your grandmother or teacher), you should never limit your description with appearance: touch upon their personal qualities and their interaction with other people to let your readers see the full picture. You can also link your description to inner feelings and thoughts of the person

7. It is very easy to turn your descriptive essay into incomprehensible emotional mishmash if you don't think its structure out. Your paragraphs must be ordered in a logical way, starting with the more important points and ending with those lees important. Enhance the cohesion of your essay with transition sentences and linking words.