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Descriptive Writing

vivid diction, tone, figurative language, imagery, dialogue, dialect, sentence variety
by

Callie Smothers

on 19 September 2012

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Transcript of Descriptive Writing

Strikingly bright or intense
forming distinct mental images Vivid Diction Boring!!!! Don't use drab diction! Tone Sentence Variety Who
What
When
Where
Why
How Word choice
Language: written or spoken Walk
Stroll
Stumble
Saunter
Sashay
Trudge
Amble
Glide
Float angular
bent
billowy
blonde
blushing
branching
bright
brilliant
broad
bulky
chubby
circular Color
Size
Height
Dimension
Shape Sight / See Imagery: Sensory Detail putrid
rancid
rich
rotten
salty
Smoky
sour
spicy
stale
stinky
strong
sweet acrid
antiseptic
bitter
burning
choking
Clean
delicious
fragrant
fresh
medicinal
musty
pungent Smell salty
savory
sour
spicy
sticky
strong
sweet
tangy
tart
tasteless
tasty acidic
bitter
cool
creamy
delicious
gooey
hot
Juicy
mild
nutty
peppery
ripe Taste echoing
faint
groan
growl
gurgling
harsh
haw
hiss
hoarse
howl bang
bark
boom
buzz
coo
crackling
crash
crunching
cry
deafening Hear / Sound downy
dry
dusty
elastic
filthy
fluffy
frosty
gooey
greasy breezy
bumpy
chilly
cold
cool
cuddly
damp
dank
dirty Touch / Feel Figurative Language Simile

Metaphor

Personification

Hyperbole Two unlike things are compared, using like, as, resembles, than
She is LIKE a rose.
She is AS beautiful AS a rose.
She RESEMBLES a rose.
She is more beautiful THAN a rose Two unlike things are compared, suggesting a resemblance
(does not use a trigger word)
She is a beautiful rose. Giving "person" like or human-like qualities to an inanimate object
The tree waves good-bye as I leave my home town.
The rainbows of color dance along the floor. An extreme exaggeration
I waited forever for him to return my call.
My heart burst in my chest. Denotation: the literal definition of a word
House, Home, Residence Connotation: words that carry emotional baggage
House, Home, Residence
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