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Transcript of Descriptive Writing
A descriptive essay can be used to characterize a product,
the structure of an organization, the appearance of a person or animal, or a scene from the writer's observations.
Techniques of Descriptive Writing
Show Not Tell
Similes and Metaphors
The purpose of this technique is to change bland "
" sentences that use overly general words into "
" sentences full of specific, enlightening details.
John felt nervous and apprehensive as he sat waiting.
John wiped the sweat from his palms and twitched awkwardly in his chair
These images are examples of people
that they are happy.
What is a descriptive essay?
you want to describe
whether it would be:
Apply the Five Senses
When you focus your descriptions on the senses, you provide vivid and specific details that show your readers rather than tell your readers what you are describing.
Have you provided enough details and descriptions to enable your readers to gain a complete and vivid perception?
Have you left out any minor but important details?
Have you used words that convey your emotion or perspective?
Are there any unnecessary details in your description?
Does each paragraph of your essay focus on one aspect of your description?
Are your paragraphs ordered in the most effective way?
Planning your descriptive essay:
What or who do you want to describe?
What is your reason for writing your description?
What are the particular qualities that you want to focus on?
Drafting your descriptive essay:
What sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures are important for developing your description?
Which details can you include to ensure that your readers gain a vivid impression imbued with your emotion or perspective?
Revising your descriptive essay:
Basic steps on writing a descriptive essay
is a word that imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes.
all night and keep us awake.
(This has the
Can you hear the
of the bees?
(This has the
Examples of sentences that contain
is a figure of speech that directly compares two different things, usually by employing the words "
" or "
is a literary figure of speech that describes a
by asserting that it is, on some point of comparison, the same as another otherwise unrelated
The purpose of this technique is to help readers have distinct mental images while reading a paper.
The cat's fur were soft
cats and dogs.
An example of a
The purpose of this technique is to allow the reader to imagine the sound of a word while reading it.
obviously is not a
, but he may be courageous and powerful
are overly used expressions based on similes and metaphors that people often rely on to describe things
"Light as a feather"
"White as a ghost"
In movies, directors use descriptive language by
the audience what a scene from the movie portrays.
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