Descriptive writing is characterized by sensory details, which appeal to the physical senses, and details that appeal to a readerí»s emotional, physical, or intellectual sensibilities. Determining the purpose, considering the audience, creating a dominant impression, using descriptive language, and organizing the description are the rhetorical choices to be considered when using a description. A description is usually arranged spatially but can also be chronological or emphatic. The focus of a description is the scene. Description uses tools such as denotative language, connotative language, figurative language, metaphor, and simile to arrive at a dominant impression.
As you start with your descriptive writing, one of the most important things is identifying exactly what you are setting out to describe. Usually, a descriptive essay will include the depiction of the following: a place, a person, a pet, an object, an experience, or a memory. Anything that you experience or perceive about your subject can be the focal point of your descriptive writing.
However, care must be taken not to overdo it. Doní»t just use descriptive words merely for the sake of filling the page up. The writing must be able to draw in the reader, hence the writer should say things that the reader can relate to or empathize with. An introductory backdrop can often provide an effective setting for the remaining part of the piece. Great descriptive writing have the ability of luring the reader, enticing him or her to continue reading right to the end. While giving the details is important, it is how they are presented that makes the difference.
Hence, while writing, one of the most effective ways to make the experience you are describing vivid for your reader is to use the five senses: smell, sight, sound, taste, and touch. When the descriptions are focused on the senses, you provide specific and vivid details in such a way that it shows your reader what you are describing.
The following are some tips to write the descriptive essay:
1. Actually describe something.
2. Use concrete and abstract images.
3. Use concrete and abstract ideas.
4. Do not go overboard with adjectives and adverbs.
5. Do not go overboard with similes and metaphors.
6. Give it to someone else to see if your essay actually describes something.
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