How to Write Vivid Descriptions
What do you smell?
What do you taste?
What do you see?
What do you here?
What might you
touch or feel?
Remember: avoid simply telling us what something
looks like—tell us how it tastes, smell, sound, or feels
Planning and Drafting the Description
1. (if your choosing your own topic) Select one that is familiar. 2. For each potential topic that surfaces, ask yourself this questions a) What do I want to accomplish by writing this description? Create one or more impressions? Help the reader understand something? Persuade the reader to act? b) Who is my audience and why would this topic interest them? What dominant impression will I develop? These questions will direct your attention to matters you’ll need to address Additional Questions
1. What details should I include?
2. What sensory impressions are associate with each detail? (jot down words that you feel will best convey the impressions) 3. How does each detail contribute to the dominant impression? 4. What sequences should I follow in presenting my impressions? (it could be a 1-2-3 listing or a paragraph by paragraph) Planning the description
What or who do you want to describe?
What is your reason of writing your description?
What are the particular qualities that you want to focus on? Drafting the description
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 the description
Have you provide enough detail 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 emotions or perspective? Are there any unnecessary detail in your description?
Does each paragraph of your essay focus on one aspect of your description? Are your paragraphs ordered in the most...
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