Essay Writing: Types of Essays
An essay is a short piece of writing that discusses, describes or analyses a topic. It can discuss a subject directly or indirectly, seriously or humorously. It can describe personal opinions, or just report information. An essay can be written from any perspective, but are most commonly written in the first person (I), or third person (subjects that can be substituted with the he, she, it, or they pronouns). There are many different kinds of essays. The following are some of the most common ones: Descriptive Essays:
A descriptive essay is exactly what it sounds like. In this type of essay, you will be asked to describe something. This type of essay allows for much more artistic freedom as the main idea is to create an image in the reader’s mind. While there is no exact format for this essay, there are some guidelines you should consider following as they will help you write a better descriptive essay. Brainstorm before you put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. If your topic involves describing your dream last night, you’ll want to start jotting down specific details about it. For example, if you dreamed about your family you’ll want to write down who in your family. Write down descriptive words in relation to the details that you will likely use in your essay. Again, you’re going to want to paint a picture in your reader’s mind so writing a sentence that says, “My cousin was in my dream” is not going to give your reader any kind of image. However, if you describe your cousin in more detail – using hair colour, eye colour, or even skin tone – will give your reader a better image. Don’t forget that you have more than just the sense of sight. If you were describing a day at the beach, you would want to include more than what you saw. Include things you smelled, what you touched, sounds you heard, and things you tasted. Emotions and feelings play a key role in description too. However, it’s important that you don’t write a sentence that says, “I was sad.” Again, this kind of language does not paint pictures in reader’s minds. Rather, describe it for them – “My shoulders drooped, and my chin trembled. Tears flooded my eyes.” A sentence like that will show your reader that you were sad and paint the picture in their mind. In fact, they will likely connect with you on an emotional level as they read. Keep your essay organized. No matter how descriptive you are, no one is going to know what you’re describing if everything is out of order. If you just stuff your essay full of descriptive words, emotions, and senses, you might leave your reader thinking that you were describing one thing when in fact you were describing something completely different.
Topic: My first Experience with a Carnival Ride.
I have always been fascinated by carnival rides. It amazes me that average, ordinary people eagerly trade in the serenity of the ground for the chance to be tossed through the air like vegetables in a food processor. It amazes me that at some time in history someone thought that people would enjoy this, and that person invented what must have been the first of these terrifying machines. For me, it is precisely the thrill and excitement of having survived the ride that keeps me coming back for more. My first experience with a carnival ride was a Ferris wheel at a local fair. Looking at that looming monstrosity spinning the life out of its sardine-caged occupants, I was dumbstruck. It was huge, smoky, noisy and not a little intimidating. Ever since that initial impression became fossilized in my imagination many years ago, these rides have reminded me of mythical beasts, amazing dinosaurs carrying off their screaming passengers like sacrificial virgins. Even the droning sound of their engines brings to mind the great roar of a fire-breathing dragon with smoke spewing from its exhaust-pipe nostrils. The first ride on one of these fantastic beasts gave me an instant rush of adrenaline....
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