A descriptive essay is a genre of essay which describes the features of a person, event, experience, emotions, and so on. Descriptive essays are a form of endeavor into the vast field of creative freedom. It allows its writers to create an image that every reader sees in their mind’s eyes.
Writing a descriptive essay is not an entirely difficult task. However, it is one that requires the right amount of planning, writing, and proofreading. All of these come together to form a perfect descriptive essay.
- BRAINSTORM: This is the first step to writing an essay of any genre. Brainstorming gives you the chance to carefully think about your idea. At this point, it is important to explore your subject matter, and why you want to write about it. Are you writing about a beach you visited some weeks back? Why is this beach important to you? What are the distinct qualities of this beach that your reader should know about? After you have thought about this, it is necessary to think about all the details you’d like to have your essay; you can write them down. The place of emotions and feelings in a descriptive essay cannot be overemphasized; you must write out all the emotions you want your descriptive essay to be associated with.
- WRITE: After brainstorming, the next and important step is writing. But the first part of writing starts with writing an outline. An outline makes it easier to create the first draft. After the outline comes the draft, which should of course make a fair attempt at capturing the essence of your essay. When writing, it is important to always remember that the goal is to give your readers a rich experience, to allow them to feel the emotions that you felt. When writing, try to invoke the sense of smell, sight, taste, and touch. Furthermore, when writing a descriptive essay, always show, not tell. This means that you should make use of descriptive and figurative language, as well as the use of imagery to convey your story. Instead of saying “my dog died, write instead “I could taste the grief on my tongue as I watched my beautiful dog slowly go into the afterlife.” This creates a sense of grief in your readers. The use of metaphors and similes makes it even easier to show rather than tell. Take for example Her smile shone like the rising of the morning sun.
While writing, it is also important to try as much as possible to write simply, and straight-to-the-point.
- REVISE: The process of revision is a simple one; it is important because it allows you to see mistakes that you overlooked, and it offers a new perspective at looking at your writing. While revising, you should always look at the paragraphs; do they explain a single event? Does it seem ambiguous or clear? Are there enough details in the essay to communicate the message? The key function of the revision is to cut off clutter words, add better adjectives, and construct more concise sentences.
- PROOFREAD: After the revision has been completed, it is still important to check for grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, spacing and formatting errors, and so on. You can also have a friend or colleague read the essay, so they can offer you fresh perspectives.
Conclusively, it is easy to get carried away with emotions when writing a descriptive essay. However, you must strive to remain organized, and describe with as little words as possible.