-Here are some guidelines for writing a descriptive essay:
Take time to brainstorm
If your instructor asks you to describe your favorite food, make sure that you jot down some ideas before you begin describing it. For instance, if you choose pizza, you might start by writing down a few words: sauce, cheese, crust, pepperoni, sausage, spices, hot, melted, etc. Once you have written down some words, you can begin by compiling descriptive lists for each one.
Use clear and concise language.
This means that words are chosen carefully, particularly for their relevancy in relation to that which you are intending to describe.
Choose vivid language.
Why use ‘horse’ when you can choose ‘stallion’? Why not use ‘tempestuous’ instead of ‘violent’? Or why not ‘miserly’ in place of ‘cheap’? Such choices form a firmer image in the mind of the reader and often times offer nuanced meanings that serve better one’s purpose.
Use your senses!
Remember, if you are describing something, you need to be appealing to the senses of the reader. Explain how the thing smelled, felt, sounded, tasted, or looked. Embellish the moment with senses.
-Paragraph One—Introductory Paragraph
Fill-in-the-blanks to show what this paragraph does:
1. Introduces the topic
• (Your Topic)______________________________
2. Makes a statement about the topic.
• My favorite food is _____________________.
3. Gives three reasons why the statement is true.
• . .
4. Tells how you feel about the topic
• These are just three of the many reasons why I
Use what you’ve written above to fill in the box that tells what
your introductory paragraph says:
My favorite food is ______________________________.
These are just three of the many reasons why I
---My favorite food is chicken fettuccini pasta. I prefer this dish because of the great...
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