Consider what other things were happening around you. Are there any specific details that stand out in your mind? Things like: *
The determination of a person suddenly dashing out to rescue someone from being hit by a car. *
The beauty of a leaf falling against a sky lit up by a rainbow after a sun shower. *
The cry of a baby wanting her mother to come and pick her up. *
Think about objects located in relation to where you were. Things to consider include: *
Did your surroundings remind you of any other place in time? *
What was the texture of things around you when you touched them? *
What feelings do the objects evoke in you?
Recall the sights, smells and tastes of an event or memory. Do they remind you of anything? For example: *
The smell of a banquet feast when your cousin was married. *
The sound of a jet engine roaring into action when your boyfriend moved interstate to study. *
The colors of a parade when you had your first sighting of Santa. *
Write down what you were feeling at the time. Feelings are the mechanism through which you can evoke much of the descriptive elements in your essay. *
Determine what you want the reader to feel about what you are writing. What kind of words or images can convey this feeling? *
Use a lot of adjectives. They're the "describing" words. *
Make sure there is enough detail in your essay to create a mental image for the reader. *
Visualize the occasion or memory in your mind and describe. More than many other types of essays, descriptive essays strive to create a deeply involved and vivid experience for the reader. Great descriptive essays achieve this affect not through facts and statistics but by using detailed observations and descriptions. What do you want to describe?
As you get started on your descriptive essay, it's...
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