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How Do I Write a Descriptive Essay Without Much Effort?

Of the many kinds of essays, it is said that the descriptive ones are the hardest to write. The reason lies in one fact, which is also both the best and the toughest thing about them. Descriptive essays are the ones that employ a tremendous amount of visual imagery, which makes them lengthy and very vivid. Thus, they engage and appeal to all of the reader’s senses, and are exciting to read. Thus, here are some tips to help you write a descriptive essay without much effort:

  • Observe:
  • Observation is one of the best techniques to help you write a descriptive essay. It does not require you to deliberately observe something or someone, but to just look at things a little more minutely than you normally would.

    For example, you could take a look at a person on the sidewalk, and then try to remember him or her as you walk home later. Try remembering the color of their shoes, hair, clothes and so on. Were there highlights in their hair? Was their face pale, their cheeks blushing? These little details, when jotted down, make for a wonderful and imaginative read.

  • Time:
  • Time matters a lot while writing a descriptive essay. As far as possible, try writing all the events of your essay in chronological order, all the while accompanying them with details one might have observed.

    this kind of organization will help you better yourself over time.

  • Vocabulary:
  • Move ahead of the generic words like ‘nice’, ‘good’ and ‘bad’. Pick up the thesaurus and dictionary and look up better words that would make for much better descriptions than something factory made.

    For example, better words for ‘good’ would be ‘splendid’, ‘excellent’, ‘capable’, ‘proficient’ and so on.

  • Sensory details:
  • Look to engage all five senses of the reader: sight, touch, taste, smell and listening. Describe the colors and visuals (to simulate the eye), sounds and tones (to engage the ear), tastes and textures (whether it was sweet or savory; whether the texture was soft, smooth or rough), touches (physical or visual texture), and the smells (flowery, musky, earthen and so on) to make the reader visualize whatever you are writing.

  • Read:
  • One of the best sources to seek help from is books. Try reading novels, stories and essays that are descriptive in nature. This way, you will get a clue as to how to write and structure sentences, and what words to use and ways to do so.


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