The descriptive essay is a type of essay that describes the subject or the topic you want to discuss. It describes the object, person, place, experience, emotion, situation etc. It makes you put your experience in a written format so that the readers would be touched and also share their description or experience of the similar situation that they had. The benefit of writing a descriptive essay is the writer’s artistic freedom I discussed what the guidelines in making a descriptive essay are. Now I will give advice on how to write the descriptive essay more in detail.
Why are you writing a descriptive essay?
The descriptive is a great write-up. It gives you freedom to write anything. It is more on personal touch unlike the narrative and expository essays since you are more on your own. Narratives are based on your creativity on how to write stories; expository essays are based on your intellectual perception and critical thinking and also about your thoughts in the topic that is relevant to the public. Descriptive essays however are more personal. They are based on the person’s memories.
It is like you witnessed an event that you can remember and you will not forget for the rest of your life. Because you cannot erase it and you want to share it, you write it. Imagine you are at your desk and you cannot have any ideas and suddenly, your first kiss popped up in your memory. You will describe your memorable kiss to the public. Or you want to warn them because you cannot erase the event that is somewhat bad; then write it as a warning. You want to write about your father or mother’s good traits. But instead of just saying it, you tend to elaborate it as well as you can. These are the reasons why you write this essay.
Remember this quote: Show, don’t tell. To see is to believe. But what is the difference?
- I rode a fast bus.
- As I sat in my office chair, my eyes started to close slowly and I felt drowsy.
The short sentence tells them that you ride a bus to your destination, while you show to them that you feel sleepy in your cubicle. Descriptive essays are loaded with what you can SHOW rather than what you can TELL. It is because you want to propose the readers what they can imagine when they read the lines. So in the second example, you show them that you are sleepy at your office desk.
As you write an essay, the best way to write is focus on the five senses
The five senses of our body will be points to describe what you experienced. This will make details and show – not tell – readers what you are describing.
Tips on writing your essay:
Writing this type of essay can be a good experience or not. It is helpful to make a checklist of the questions as you plan, write and revise your descriptive.
Planning your essay starts with the WH questions: who and what you will describe. “Who” or “what” are your subjects in the essay. Memorize it and do a brainstorming. What is the reason behind? Why did you choose this? What are the qualities that you want to be focused? In planning essays, these are the questions you need to answer and the answer lies in your thesis statement and introduction.
- Writing and drafting
Writing the descriptive, you must remember what you saw, heard, smelt, touched and tasted. These are the important senses that you need to rely on in order to describe properly. Remember what you sensed and write it down in essay’s body. There can be some other details that you can include too, so that you can get the readers’ attention about your emotions or perspective. This will appear in your body and conclusion.
Now, revision is another thing. It means that you need to proofread your essay again to check if you provided such details and descriptions that are enough for the readers to gain a complete and vivid picture. Also, check your essay for any minor details you left out. Did you forget to jot down some details? If not – okay; if yes – write it down. Check if you use the words to get the reader’s emotions. Correct and simple words are best. If there are unnecessary words or details, omit them. Longer paragraphs can make reader become lazy to read due to very detailed and long sentences. Are paragraphs focused enough? If yes, it’s okay; if not, revise it. And also, are your paragraphs placed in good order? Check it out. Revising is better than just describing it without any orders.
Who or what you want to describe? Write it down and share to us!