How To Write A Descriptive Essay?
Writing a descriptive essay may not be as difficult as you think. As long as you have a good idea of the topic you are working to describe, it is a matter of selecting the right words to structure thoughts and concepts into easy-to-read paragraphs that flow from one to another with good visual aspects. A descriptive essay works to paint a picture for the reader to invoke personal senses. The following tips may help in getting a better idea on how to begin the writing process.
- Refer to guidelines presented to stay focused on the essay. Instructions for how you write your content may vary.
- Create an outline to help you detail and organize your information. This may include actions you need to do while researching and writing such as picking a good topic, writing your thesis statement, determining how to include details for the senses (sight, touch, smell, hear, and taste), determining the most dominate information to include in your essay and the final structure of your essay (basically 5 paragraphs including an into, body and conclusion).
- Your topic can be anything that allows you to structure your content strategically in order to write about it, such as an event, thing, or place. When you write your content it should be presented in chronological order (from basic to specific).
- The introduction paragraph sets the tone for the content but it should also include the thesis or main idea.
- Each paragraph that follows (3 body paragraphs) should include a sentence that details what the paragraph is about (topic sentence). You can create these sentences first, and then proceed to write each paragraph. In the paragraphs you work to detail or provide evidence for the main idea through mentioning the 5 senses with personification, adjectives and metaphors.
- The conclusion or final paragraph helps summarize what you have just written. You may mention the thesis statement here again to reiterate the main point.
Additional Writing Tips
Take time to read over what you read to ensure logical sense. Do the senses come across descriptive enough for the reader? Take a breather after writing and then go back and read it over. If something is confusing or awkward it may be easier to detect. Someone else can read your content before you turn it in. Check grammar, punctuation, spelling, and proofread as necessary. All senses should be used in the essay.