Descriptive Essay

Descriptive essay definition

Descriptive essay is a essay genre that paints the picture to a reader thus commonly referred to as “painting picture” essay.

Descriptive essays are unique compared to the other essay types. At least, a good descriptive essay must meet the following requirement.

A descriptive essay must activate all five senses of readers. That is, the reader should be feel the sense of taste, smell, touch, and sight as he or she reads the description.

By the end of the essay, the reader should have a picture in mind of what was being described. Actually, the reader should be in a position to identify the item being described should if they see it physically.

Descriptive Essay Writing Steps

1. Choosing  a topic

A descriptive essay topic can range from a person, item, event, place, or a situation. In most cases, tutors may provide you with a topic. If not, you need to choose a topic wisely. Choose a topic you can easily paint its picture to the reader in your description.

2. Write a thesis statement

Once you have a topic, you need to choose a thesis statement that will relate to your entire essay. Thesis statement as well helps in defining the scope of your descriptive essay, especially when given a limited word count. A good and strong thesis statement will help you avoid irrelevant topics. Read our thesis statement tips to get full details on how to write a strong thesis statement.

3. Identifying Right Senses

A best practice to include senses in your essays is to identify them before you start writing. Brainstorm on each of the five senses with regard to your essay before you begin writing the essay. The best way to do this is writing down how each sense relates to your topic guided by the thesis statement.

4. Drafting Outline

Just like any other essay, descriptive essay outline has 3 parts- introduction, body, and conclusion. A 5 paragraph essay is most popular for college and school students. 5 paragraph includes an introduction, 3 body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Read our five-paragraph writing for outstanding tips.

5. Conclusion

A conclusion is a summary of the essay. Start your conclusion by restating thesis statement arrived at step two. Recall, a conclusion is used to approve the thesis statement. You will need to include a few sentences summarizing the other paragraphs in the body. The best way to capture the narrative essay body is by stating the topic sentence of every paragraph. Finish by making a comment or recommendation.

6. Proofreading

Always ensure you proofread your essay after writing. Proofreading helps identify grammatical and spelling mistakes you might have overlooked while writing. Read from an introduction to conclusion carefully and if possible loudly. Research shows when reading loudly, you easily identify grammatical and logical flow errors in an essay. Make corrections appropriately and if possible include new content if you identify an omission.

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