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Transcript of Descriptive Writing
Involves using words to paint a memorable picture and evolve a distinctive mood through details, dialogue, and sensory images
It is it's own genre, as well as a writing skill that improves other writing genres
To make writing more descriptive, use the following five techniques:
1. Specific Information
Good writers use descriptions to show and not tell
You can do this by:
identifying specific activities and behaviors- write what a character is actually doing not just that they are busy
name the characters and setting - provide details about what a person looks like or what a town looks like to help the reader visualize what you're saying
list attributes- Go into depth about what exactly is happening with examples
2. Word Choice
More specific and vivid nouns and verbs make describing an experience more effective rather than using boring general nouns and weak verbs.
Choose specific nouns and vivid verbs to paint a detailed picture
Colorful modifiers such as adjectives before nouns and adverbs before verbs should be incorporated into their writing
To avoid repetition use synonyms and avoid words that are used often, a thesaurus is the perfect tool for this skill
3. Creating Sensory Images
Use the 5 senses!!!!
4. Figurative Language
Figurative language can help to provide a new outlook on a situation
Personification: treating animals or objects like people by giving them some human qualities
Onomatopoeia: Words that mimic sounds such as boom, bang, crunch, crash or pop
Comparisons: metaphors and similes can be used to add more clear descriptions
Use idioms: phrases that have a meaning that can't be determined from the individual words, for example: "once in a blue moon" means rarely
Make distinctive speech patterns
Don't want all characters to sound the same
Make characters sound more natural
Avoid using too many substitutes for "said"
Although variety is important, if "said" is substituted too often, research shows that readers focus more on these tags (ex: explained, uttered, responded, etc.) rather than what the characters are saying
Punctuate correctly so readers will understand what characters are saying
Similarities and Differences Between Other Writing Genres
Poetry is based on descriptive writing and emotion. Poems involve vivid word pictures and powerful images
Poetry is different from descriptive writing because it is more precise involving shorter sentences.
Adding words to Wordless Picture Book
The Red Wheelbarrow
so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
William Carlos Williams