When you put your mind into making a piece of writing more descriptive, you automatically begin to pay attention to detail and refine your perception about things.
It is easy to fall into an incoherent rambling of emotions and senses when writing a descriptive essay. However, you must strive to present an organized 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.
In this article, you'll learn how to employ descriptive elements in your writing, tips to enhance your descriptive writing skills, and some exercises to better yourself at it.
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 student’s 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).
The Modes of Discourse—Exposition, Description, Narration, Argumentation (EDNA)—are common paper assignments you may encounter in your writing classes. Although these genres have been criticized by some composition scholars, the Purdue OWL recognizes the wide spread use of these approaches and students’ need to understand and produce them.
This is what descriptive writing is all about: heightening the sense of perception and alluring your reader to read ahead, because you have so much more to say.
Given below are a couple of good pieces of descriptive writing from authors who know their business.
'But the door slid slowly open before Lupin could reach it.
One of your goals is to evoke a strong sense of familiarity and appreciation in the reader. If your reader can walk away from the essay craving the very pizza you just described, you are on your way to writing effective descriptive essays.
Thoroughly understanding what you're going to write about is exceedingly important to the process of writing about it.
As you start with descriptive writing, identify exactly what you are setting out to describe.
You build a backdrop by identifying an aspect of a subject that you want to describe.
While it can be a wonderful creative exercise to simply describe anything you observe, in descriptive writing, there is often a specific reason to describe whatever you have set out to describe.
For instance, if you want to describe characters in a particular situation, begin by describing the setting, then proceed to the most important character of that particular situation, and then to the least important one (if necessary).
Imagery is the best tool you can employ in descriptive writing.
If your instructor asks you to describe your favorite food, make sure that you jot down some ideas before you begin describing it. For instance, if you choose pizza, you might start by writing down a few words: sauce, cheese, crust, pepperoni, sausage, spices, hot, melted, etc. Once you have written down some words, you can begin by compiling descriptive lists for each one.
She then added the spice mixture that she had prepared, and the air was permeated with a mouth-watering aroma.
It is true that the purpose of adjectives is to a subject, but overuse of adjectives in descriptive writing can render the piece shallow and hollow.
Use them to your favor and get the desired effect.
Given below are some simple, yet effective exercises that you can use to better yourself at descriptive writing.
Decide on an everyday action, say 'making a pot of coffee' and write about it in a descriptive manner.
Get your 'assignments' read by an objective person to see if they can relate to and understand properly what you have tried to convey.
Make descriptive writing a rewarding experience, both for your reader and yourself.
Descriptive There are many different types of writing styles that are used in everyday literature; in books and magazine articles, scholarly and academic journals.