Instructions to Write a Descriptive Essay

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Objective

  • You have to describe an object, person, place, experience, emotion, situation, etc.
  • This genre allows for a great deal of artistic freedom because you have to paint an image that is vivid and moving in the mind of the reader.
  • Your objective is to make the reader clearly form an impression of the thing that you are describing.

Guidelines for writing a descriptive essay

  • Take time to brainstorm
  • Use clear and concise language.
  • Choose vivid language.
  • Use your senses! Explain how the thing smelled, felt, sounded, tasted, or looked. Embellish the moment with senses. In this way your reader will be able to "see" and "feel" the place in her mind.
  • Tap into this emotional reservoir in order to achieve your full descriptive potential.
  • Leave the reader with a clear impression.
  • Be organized!

First Paragraph

  • Give the name of the place, person, festival... you are going to describe and one or two details.

Second Paragraph

  • Describe the place, person, festival... in more detail.
  • Show examples of what you mean.

Third Paragraph

  • It should contain a concluding sentence that sums up what you have tried to convey.
  • You can give your opinion here too, if appropriate.

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