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The primary purpose of descriptive writing is to describe a person, place or thing in such a way that a picture is formed in the reader’s mind. Capturing an event through descriptive writing involves paying close attention to the details by using all of your five senses. Teaching students to write more descriptively will improve their writing by making it more interesting and engaging to read.
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Descriptive writing helps the reader visualize the person, place, thing, or situation being described. When a text conjures a vivid, sensory impression in the reader’s mind, not only does it make the writing more interesting to read; it helps the reader understand the text better and recognize the author’s intention more clearly.
Why teach descriptive writing?
- It helps students make their writing more interesting and engaging to read.
- It creates opportunities for students to practice using new words in meaningful contexts, a key strategy for building vocabulary.
- Descriptive writing tends to include figurative language, such as simile, metaphor, and onomatopoeia. Noticing figurative language in mentor texts and incorporating it into their own writing help students build critical verbal reasoning skills. To find out more about verbal reasoning and other components of language comprehension, see the “In Depth” section from the Comprehension module of our Reading 101 Course.
- It encourages students to learn from—and be metacognitive about—the techniques other authors use to write vivid descriptions.
- It can help students clarify their understanding of new subject matter material and remember more of what they learn.
How to teach descriptive writing
If only descriptive writing were as simple as “show, don’t tell”! Descriptive writing is a skill — and a craft — that takes instruction, practice, and time to learn. The good news is that it can be explicitly taught. An understanding of the characteristics of effective descriptive writing, combined with a toolkit of structures and strategies to scaffold learning and practice, can enhance students’ development as authors of vivid, evocative writing.
What effective descriptive writing looks like
Authors of descriptive writing use a variety of styles and techniques to connect with readers, but effective descriptive writing often shares these characteristics:
- Vivid details. Specific details paint a picture in the reader’s mind and appeal to the reader’s senses. Descriptive writing may also go beyond creating a strong sensory impression to give the reader a “picture” of the feelings the description evokes in the writer.
- Figurative language. Tools of the writer’s craft such as analogy, simile, and metaphor add depth to authors’ descriptions.
- Precise language. General adjectives, nouns, and passive verbs are used sparingly. Instead, specific adjectives and nouns and strong action verbs give life to the picture being painted in the reader’s mind.
- Thoughtful organization. Some ways to organize descriptive writing include: chronological (time), spatial (location), and order of importance. Descriptive writing about a person might begin with a physical description, followed by how the person thinks, feels and acts.
What effective instruction in descriptive writing looks like
There isn’t one right approach to teaching descriptive writing, but effective instruction often includes:
- Mentor texts. Reading aloud and analyzing high-quality mentor texts to help students understand how authors use descriptive writing to connect with readers.
- Focus on the five senses. Helping students make the connection between sensory input (sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch) and descriptive writing.
- Teacher modeling. Modeling different ways to generate descriptive writing.
- Guided practice. Repeated, structured practice scaffolded to meet students’ needs.
- Feedback and revision. Cycles of constructive teacher and peer feedback followed by thoughtful revision.
Watch a demonstration: show NOT tell using your 5 senses
In this virtual lesson, the teacher models generating written descriptions of a hot day using the five senses as a framework.
Watch a classroom lesson: five senses graphic organizer
Students use their five senses and a graphic organizer to brainstorm ideas for writing a report on a recent school event and to help them think about interesting words to include in their report. See the lesson plan (opens in a new window) .
Watch a classroom discussion: writer’s workshop
Writer’s Workshop connects great children’s literature with children’s own writing experiences. In this video clip from our Launching Young Readers PBS series , Lynn Reichle’s second graders practice their use of descriptive writing.
Here are some routines and structures for teaching descriptive writing:
The RAFT strategy encourages descriptive writing and supports writing in general by encouraging students to think through the writer’s Role, the Audience, the Format, and the Topic. ReadWriteThink offers this RAFT Writing Template .
This Sense Chart (opens in a new window) — organized into sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch categories — helps students capture sensory details related to a topic. The Describing Wheel (opens in a new window) offers a more open-ended format for capturing and organizing descriptive language.
The Show-Me Sentences (opens in a new window) lesson plan from ReadWriteThink was created for students in grades 6-12. However, elementary teachers can modify the Show-Me sentences to make them interesting for younger students.
This lesson plan from Utah Education Network (opens in a new window) guides students through the process of writing about a favorite place using descriptive language.
This lesson plan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art (opens in a new window) has students work collaboratively to generate descriptive writing about works of art. It is intended for upper elementary and middle grades but can be adapted for lower grades.
Teacher Laura Torres created a lesson plan that uses images to jumpstart vivid writing: Three Descriptive Writing Picture Prompts .
For second language learners, students of varying reading skill, and younger learners.
- Use dictation as a way to help capture students thoughts and ideas.
- Provide sentence frames for writing descriptive sentences or paragraphs.
- Use pictures and other sensory prompts.
- Provide budding writers with real-life or virtual experiences that give them something to write about. Trips to a relative’s house, playground or grocery store provide real-life experiences that can be recorded by a new writer.
- Encourage students to work with a buddy or in a small group to develop first drafts .
- Work with students to brainstorm a word bank of interesting and descriptive words students can incorporate into their writing.
Extend the learning
This resource from Greenville County Schools in South Carolina provides several ideas for writing in math class . Writing and mathematics are similar in that they both require gathering, organizing, and clarifying thoughts. Writing can support math instruction by helping students make sense of important concepts and procedures.
Descriptive writing in science can help students capture observations and scientific phenomena with greater precision, and can help them comprehend new material by explaining it in their own words. Fazio and Gallagher propose two instructional strategies to assist teachers and student when writing in science: a mnemonic acronym (POWER) and an editing checklist.
In social studies, descriptive writing can help students describe an important historical figure or event more clearly. Writing rich in detail will create vivid depictions of people and places and help make history come alive.
- RAFT helps students understand their roles as writers, the audience they will address, the varied formats for writing, and the topic they’ll be writing about.
- Revision teaches students about the characteristics of good writing, which will carry over into their future writing. Revision skills complement reading skills; revision requires that writers distance themselves from the writing and critically evaluate a text.
- Writing Conferences give students a chance to share their writing and and receive feedback from peers or the teacher.
- Think-alouds can be used for writing as well as reading instruction
Learn more about building writing skills in our self-paced module Reading 101: Writing .
See the research that supports this strategy
Akerson, V. L., & Young, T.A. (2005). Science the ‘write’ way. Science and Children , 43(3), 38-41.
MacArthur, C., Graham, S., & Fitzgerald, J. (2016). Handbook of research on writing (2nd Edition). NY: Guilford.
Miller, R.G., & Calfee, R.C. (2004). Making thinking visible: A method to encourage science writing in upper elementary grades. Science and Children , (42)3, 20-25.
Mitchell, D. (1996). Writing to learn across the curriculum and the English teacher. English Journal , 85, 93-97.
Children’s books to use with this strategy
This boy’s curse begins when his teacher suggests that the “poetry of science” can be heard everywhere. From Moore to Frost, familiar poems are parodied and turned into science verse. Again art and illustration are inseparable as are the laughs in this offbeat look at science.
When Louis’ uncle sends a tadpole from a certain lake in Scotland, the small tadpole grows to enormous proportions. With the help of a resourceful librarian, Louis figures out a way to feed his large and ever-hungry Alphonse as well as determine a permanent solution. Humor abounds in this contemporary classic.
The Mysterious Tadpole
Martin Luther King Jr. grew up fascinated by big words. He would later go on to use these words to inspire a nation and call people to action. In this award-winning book, powerful portraits of King show how he used words, not weapons, to fight injustice.
Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
At One Hoppin’ Place, the countdown to bedtime is about to begin when a family of hamsters — a mother and father with nine kids and a baby all wearing numbered striped jerseys — arrives at the front door.
10 Minutes Till Bedtime
Every day children around the world awake to begin their days having breakfast, going to school, coming home to families. A poetic text combines with photographs from myriad countries to visually highlight the richness of the world and its people.
One World, One Day
If all of the 300 million people were simply one village of 100 people, its diversity is easier to understand. That’s just what the author has done to make the complex make-up of the U.S. residents (in terms of languages spoken, ages, and more). Colorful illustrations accompany the understandable text. Additional resources complete the book. If the World Were a Village: A Book About the World’s People (opens in a new window) , also by Smith, looks at the inhabitants of the world as a village to allow its diversity to become more understandable for adults and children.
If America Were a Village: A Book About the People of the United States
Relive the journey of the Apollo 11 where the first people stepped on the Moon’s surface and saw Earth from a very different perspective. Eloquent language and illustrations combine to present this historical event in a unique, unforgettable way.
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
Two machines captivated young Philo Farnsworth: a telephone and a phonograph. Both had cranks and both connected people with others (one in real time, the other through music). These and other inspirations motivated young Philo to invent what was to become known as the television. His early story is fascinatingly told and well illustrated.
The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth
Ted Williams never flinched at hard work or a challenge. In his last season with the Boston Red Sox, Williams had to decide if he wanted to take the chance and lose his rare .400 average or go to bat. Williams’ decision creates a riveting read in this handsome and thoughtful look at one man’s ethics and the times in which he lived.
No Easy Way: The Story of Ted Williams and the Last .400 Season
A mother and her child get the ingredients for soup on a snowy day and then add everything to the pot. The pair plays snug and warm while the soup simmers until Dad comes home when they enjoy soup together. Crisp collage and a simple text make for a cozy read.
The traditional tale of a boy who planted magic beans is reimagined as a city story of a spell broken. Illustrations are photographs that have been manipulated for good effect.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Children are encouraged to observe as experiment as they learn about wind and air as well as practice science writing by describing their findings.
I Face the Wind
26 Letters and 99 Cents
Arresting photographs of water in various states not only introduces water but also weather, solids and liquids, and more. The sophisticated text further encourages experimentation and observation, although is not necessary to use the entire book with younger children.
A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder
Each Orange Had 8 Slices: A Counting Book
Cinderella stories are found around the world; here, they have been fused into one tale with special characteristics in text and illustrations that reflect the different origins. Expand parts of the story to echo the traditions of the culture and its history from which it comes. It may be possible to develop a map of tales (e.g., ancient vs. modern countries, or as a visual as to where it is/was told).
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella
Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme
The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)
Scieszka and Smith set sights on creating fresh fables — short traditional tales intended to teach a moral lesson. With humorous twists and take-offs, new, different and wacky fables are presented for readers’ edification and amusement.
Squids Will Be Squids
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How to Write a Descriptive Paragraph
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A descriptive paragraph is a focused and detail-rich account of a specific topic. Paragraphs in this style often have a concrete focus—the sound of a waterfall, the stench of a skunk's spray—but can also convey something abstract, such as an emotion or a memory. Some descriptive paragraphs do both. These paragraphs help readers feel and sense the details that the writer wants to convey.
To write a descriptive paragraph, you must study your topic closely, make a list of the details you observe, and organize those details into a logical structure.
Finding a Topic
The first step in writing a strong descriptive paragraph is identifying your topic . If you received a specific assignment or already have a topic in mind, you can skip this step. If not, it's time to start brainstorming.
Personal belongings and familiar locations are useful topics. Subjects that you care about and know well often make for rich, multilayered descriptions. Another good choice is an object that at first glance doesn't seem to warrant much description, like a spatula or a pack of gum. These seemingly innocuous objects take on entirely unexpected dimensions and meanings when captured in a well-crafted descriptive paragraph.
Before you finalize your choice, consider the goal of your descriptive paragraph. If you're writing description for description's sake, you're free to choose any topic you can think of, but many descriptive paragraphs are part of a larger project, such as a personal narrative or an application essay. Make sure the topic of your descriptive paragraph aligns with the broader goal of the project.
Examining and Exploring Your Topic
After you've selected a topic, the real fun begins: studying the details. Spend time closely examining the subject of your paragraph. Study it from every possible angle, beginning with the five senses: What does the object look, sound, smell, taste, and feel like? What are your own memories of or associations with the object?
If your topic is larger than a single object—for example, a location or a memory—you should examine all of the sensations and experiences associated with the topic. Let's say your topic is your childhood fear of the dentist. The list of details might include your white-knuckled grip on the car door as your mother tried to drag you into the office, the gleaming white smile of the dental assistant who never remembered your name, and the industrial buzz of the electric toothbrush.
Don't worry about writing full sentences or arranging the details into a logical paragraph structure during the prewriting phase. For now, simply write down every detail that comes to mind.
Organizing Your Information
After you've compiled a lengthy list of descriptive details, you can begin assembling those details into a paragraph. First, consider again the goal of your descriptive paragraph. The details you choose to include in the paragraph, as well as the details you choose to exclude , signal to the reader how you feel about the topic. What message, if any, do you want the description to convey? Which details best convey that message? Reflect on these questions as you begin constructing the paragraph.
Every descriptive paragraph will take a somewhat different form, but the following model is a straightforward way to get started:
- A topic sentence that identifies the topic and briefly explains its significance
- Supporting sentences that describe the topic in specific, vivid ways, using the details you've listed during brainstorming
- A concluding sentence that circles back to the topic's significance
Arrange the details in an order that makes sense for your topic. (You could easily describe a room from back to front, but that same structure would be a confusing way to describe a tree.) If you get stuck, read model descriptive paragraphs for inspiration, and don't be afraid to experiment with different arrangements. In your final draft, the details should follow a logical pattern, with each sentence connecting to the sentences that come before and after it.
Showing, Not Telling
Remember to show, rather than tell , even in your topic and concluding sentences. A topic sentence that reads, "I am describing my pen because I love to write" is obvious "telling" (the fact that you're describing your pen should be self-evident from the paragraph itself) and unconvincing (the reader cannot feel or sense the strength of your love of writing).
Avoid "tell" statements by keeping your list of details handy at all times. Here's an example of a topic sentence that shows the subject's significance through the use of detail: "My ballpoint pen is my secret writing partner: The baby-soft tip glides effortlessly across the page, somehow seeming to pull my thoughts down from my brain and out through my fingertips."
Edit and Proofread Your Paragraph
The writing process isn't over until your paragraph has been edited and proofread . Invite a friend or teacher to read your paragraph and provide feedback. Assess whether the paragraph clearly conveys the message you intended to express. Read your paragraph aloud to check for awkward phrasing or cumbersome sentences. Finally, consult a proofreading checklist to confirm that your paragraph is free of minor errors.
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How to Write a Descriptive Essay
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A good descriptive essay creates a vivid picture of the topic in the reader’s mind. You may need to write a descriptive essay as a class assignment or you may decide to write one as a fun writing challenge. Start by brainstorming ideas for the essay. Then, outline and write the essay using vivid sensory details and strong descriptions. Always polish your essay and proofread it so it is at its best.
Brainstorming Ideas for the Essay
- You could also choose a fictional person to write about, such as a character in a book, a story, or a play. You could write about a character on your favorite TV show or video game.
- Another take on this option is to write about a made-up place or object, such as the fantastical school in your favorite book or the magic wand from your favorite TV show.
- You could also choose a more specific emotion, such as brotherly love or self-hatred. These emotions can make for powerful descriptive essays.
- For example, if you were writing about a person like your mother, you may write down under “sound” : “soft voice at night, clack of her shoes on the floor tiles, bang of the spoon when she cooks.”
Writing the Essay
- If you are writing the essay for a class, your instructor should specify if they want a five paragraph essay or if you have the freedom to use sections instead.
- For example, if you were writing a descriptive essay about your mother, you may have a thesis statement like: “In many ways, my mother is the reigning queen of our house, full of contradictions that we are too afraid to question.”
- For example, if you were writing the essay about your mom, you may start with: “My mother is not like other mothers. She is a fierce protector and a mysterious woman to my sisters and I.”
- If you were writing an essay about an object, you may start with: "Try as I might, I had a hard time keeping my pet rock alive."
- You can also use adjectives that connect to the senses, such “rotting,” “bright,” “hefty,” “rough,” and “pungent.”
- For example, you may describe your mother as "bright," "tough," and "scented with jasmine."
- You can also use similes, where you use “like” or “as” to compare one thing to another. For example, you may write, “My mother is like a fierce warrior in battle, if the battlefield were PTA meetings and the checkout line at the grocery store.”
- For example, you may write about your complicated feelings about your mother. You may note that you feel sadness about your mother’s sacrifices for the family and joy for the privileges you have in your life because of her.
- For example, you may end a descriptive essay about your mother by noting, “In all that she has sacrificed for us, I see her strength, courage, and fierce love for her family, traits I hope to emulate in my own life.”
Polishing the Essay
- You can also read the essay aloud to others to get their feedback. Ask them to let you know if there are any unclear or vague sentences in the essay.
- Be open to constructive criticism and feedback from others. This will only make your essay stronger.
- If you have a word count requirement for the essay, make sure you meet it. Add more detail to the paper or take unnecessary content out to reach the word count.
Outline for a Descriptive Essay
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To write a descriptive essay, start by choosing a topic, like a person, place, or specific emotion. Next, write down a list of sensory details about the topic, like how it sounds, smells, and feels. After this brainstorming session, outline the essay, dividing it into an introduction, 3 body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Open with a vivid introduction that uses sensory details, then introduce your thesis statement, which the rest of your essay should support. Strengthen your essay further by using metaphors and similes to describe your topic, and the emotions it evokes. To learn how to put the finishing touches on your essay, keep reading! Did this summary help you? Yes No
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Descriptive Paragraph: How to Write with Examples
A descriptive paragraph is an engaging and extensively detailed record of a particular subject. It can be a person, an event, a place, or an object. Paragraphs crafted in this style cover descriptions, opinions, comparisons, sensory as well as personal perceptions about the chosen subject.
While weaving a descriptive paragraph use words that allow your reader to see what you are describing without actually being able to see it. To put it aptly you have to mentally teleport him to that world with your words. To do so, strong action words with interesting adjectives should be used.
It should pass on that feeling or memory to the reader. These paragraphs help the reader feel as well as sense the subtleties through the writer’s lens.
Before settling down to craft a descriptive paragraph you should contemplate your subject keenly, and jot down the subtleties you encounter. Then you should arrange these subtleties appealingly and intelligently.
To crack open the best results, descriptive writing should be concrete, arousing, and accessible.
- To ensure concreteness, descriptive writing should provide details that the reader can feel and see.
- To convey an impression, descriptive writing should include a concrete and vivid image that helps the reader look at the picture just as the writer wants him to.
- Convincingly, the descriptive writer should be able to match the reader’s knowledge and attention by pressing the provocative image.
Descriptive writing holds a unique and appealing power. It lets the reader touch, see, taste, hear and even smell what the writer is describing. It won’t be wrong to say that descriptive details give life to the writing.
Examples of Descriptive Paragraphs
Let’s have a look at some examples of descriptive texts to understand the concept in great detail. Shall we? Here we go!
My family and friends ate dinner at a local restaurant every Saturday night when I was younger. We approached a large purple booth as we read the familiar menu. The sweet smell of vanilla sat in the air. I held my mother’s hand as she ordered our drinks.
The waiter offered us our thick milk and placed it in front of us on a comfortable piece of tissue. The jug box on the back played songs at full blast that we all sang until our food arrived, hot and enticing on the table. Outside I was shivering in the biting air, but at the restaurant, I was warm and comfortable. Cooking french fries and enjoying a hot and mouth-watering cheeseburger.
(With this example, we sense the feelings described by the author. Using the magic of words the author strives to convey a sense of security, comfort, and happiness. Did you notice how the author does not tell the reader that he feels safe and happy? The writer forges a connection with the reader by describing his outstanding vision of comfort and happiness.)
My father and I walked along a boardwalk every afternoon to experience the vastness of the sea. We listened to the waves as we approached closer. We usually stopped for snacks at our favorite boardwalk shop. After that, we continued our journey along the beach and let the water wet our feet.
(This example beautifully describes how to use the power of senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.)
How to Write an Effective Descriptive paragraph
There are some pro tips that you can use to pen down an effective descriptive paragraph. Proper structuring and usage of unfamiliar and sharp phrases help grab your reader’s attention. When you are describing someone or something, your words should make the reader feel your emotion. As if they are physically present there to witness what’s happening.
- Begin your paragraph with a familiar topic sentence that introduces the person. Starting off the paragraph with a short introductory sentence will help summon the reader’s attention. At the same time, this will help direct their focus to the person you are going to describe. This paragraph should be based on the principles of conciseness and clarity focusing on one aspect of appearance. The point behind this is to not overwhelm the reader with too much meaning.
- Focus on the brightest part of the first look/impression. To grasp and retain the attention of your reader, start with a general sentence and then gradually move towards specificity. It will spark a feeling of connection by starting a virtual picture in the reader’s head as if he’s beginning to see it.
- Focus on details about the person’s personality. Being meticulous while choosing descriptive words is the key to acing the game. Doing so offers a vivid picture of the person while offering the reader a good idea of who that person is.
- Fill in any minute details to give a good general picture. Ensure that your reader has a good idea of the most important parts of this person’s appearance. Describe everything that is a part of his identity. From his face, his important body parts to his clothes. Since these are the parts that fascinate the reader and make him crave for more.
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Descriptive Writing Topics For Class 6 Format, Examples, Exercises
Descriptive writing is an important aspect of language learning that allows students to express their creativity and imagination. It is a form of writing that describes a person, place, event, or object in detail using sensory details, vivid imagery, and figurative language. In this article, we will explore some descriptive writing topics for class 6, including format, examples, and exercises.
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Format of Descriptive Writing Topics For Class 6:
Descriptive writing follows a specific format that includes the following elements:
1. Introduction: The introduction should provide an overview of the topic and capture the reader’s attention.
2. Body Paragraphs: The body paragraphs should describe the topic in detail using sensory details, vivid imagery, and figurative language.
3. Conclusion: The conclusion should summarize the main points of the essay and leave a lasting impression on the reader.
Examples of Descriptive Writing Topics For Class 6:
Here are some examples of descriptive writing:
1. The Beach: The sun was setting, casting a warm golden glow over the calm waters of the ocean. The sound of the waves crashing against the shore was soothing, and the smell of salt water filled the air. The sand was warm and soft under my feet, and I could feel the gentle breeze blowing through my hair.
2. My Dog: My dog is a fluffy, white Pomeranian with big, brown eyes. She is always full of energy and loves to play fetch. Her fur is soft and silky, and she has a cute little button nose. Whenever I come home from school, she greets me with a wagging tail and a lick on the face.
3. My Favorite Food: My favorite food is pizza. The crust is crispy and golden, and the cheese is gooey and melted. The tomato sauce is tangy and sweet, and the toppings are always fresh and flavorful. Every bite is a burst of savory goodness.
Exercises for Descriptive Writing Topics For Class 6:
Here are some exercises to help students improve their descriptive writing skills:
1. Describe a Favorite Place: Ask students to describe their favorite place using sensory details, vivid imagery, and figurative language. Encourage them to use their five senses to create a vivid picture in the reader’s mind.
2. Describe a Person: Ask students to describe a person they admire or respect using sensory details, vivid imagery, and figurative language. Encourage them to use adjectives and similes to create a vivid portrait of the person.
3. Describe an Event: Ask students to describe an event they attended using sensory details, vivid imagery, and figurative language. Encourage them to use descriptive language to convey the atmosphere, emotions, and actions of the event.
4. Write a Short Story: Ask students to write a short story that includes descriptive writing. Encourage them to use sensory details, vivid imagery, and figurative language to create a compelling narrative.
Conclusion On Descriptive Writing Topics For Class 6
Descriptive writing is an important skill that can help students express their creativity and imagination. By using sensory details, vivid imagery, and figurative language, students can create a vivid picture in the reader’s mind. By practicing descriptive writing exercises, students can improve their writing skills and develop their own unique writing style.
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How to Write a Descriptive Essay | Example & Tips
Published on July 30, 2020 by Jack Caulfield . Revised on August 14, 2023.
A descriptive essay gives a vivid, detailed description of something—generally a place or object, but possibly something more abstract like an emotion. This type of essay , like the narrative essay , is more creative than most academic writing .
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When you are assigned a descriptive essay, you’ll normally be given a specific prompt or choice of prompts. They will often ask you to describe something from your own experience.
- Describe a place you love to spend time in.
- Describe an object that has sentimental value for you.
You might also be asked to describe something outside your own experience, in which case you’ll have to use your imagination.
- Describe the experience of a soldier in the trenches of World War I.
- Describe what it might be like to live on another planet.
Sometimes you’ll be asked to describe something more abstract, like an emotion.
If you’re not given a specific prompt, try to think of something you feel confident describing in detail. Think of objects and places you know well, that provoke specific feelings or sensations, and that you can describe in an interesting way.
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The key to writing an effective descriptive essay is to find ways of bringing your subject to life for the reader. You’re not limited to providing a literal description as you would be in more formal essay types.
Make use of figurative language, sensory details, and strong word choices to create a memorable description.
Use figurative language
Figurative language consists of devices like metaphor and simile that use words in non-literal ways to create a memorable effect. This is essential in a descriptive essay; it’s what gives your writing its creative edge and makes your description unique.
Take the following description of a park.
This tells us something about the place, but it’s a bit too literal and not likely to be memorable.
If we want to make the description more likely to stick in the reader’s mind, we can use some figurative language.
Here we have used a simile to compare the park to a face and the trees to facial hair. This is memorable because it’s not what the reader expects; it makes them look at the park from a different angle.
You don’t have to fill every sentence with figurative language, but using these devices in an original way at various points throughout your essay will keep the reader engaged and convey your unique perspective on your subject.
Use your senses
Another key aspect of descriptive writing is the use of sensory details. This means referring not only to what something looks like, but also to smell, sound, touch, and taste.
Obviously not all senses will apply to every subject, but it’s always a good idea to explore what’s interesting about your subject beyond just what it looks like.
Even when your subject is more abstract, you might find a way to incorporate the senses more metaphorically, as in this descriptive essay about fear.
Choose the right words
Writing descriptively involves choosing your words carefully. The use of effective adjectives is important, but so is your choice of adverbs , verbs , and even nouns.
It’s easy to end up using clichéd phrases—“cold as ice,” “free as a bird”—but try to reflect further and make more precise, original word choices. Clichés provide conventional ways of describing things, but they don’t tell the reader anything about your unique perspective on what you’re describing.
Try looking over your sentences to find places where a different word would convey your impression more precisely or vividly. Using a thesaurus can help you find alternative word choices.
- My cat runs across the garden quickly and jumps onto the fence to watch it from above.
- My cat crosses the garden nimbly and leaps onto the fence to survey it from above.
However, exercise care in your choices; don’t just look for the most impressive-looking synonym you can find for every word. Overuse of a thesaurus can result in ridiculous sentences like this one:
- My feline perambulates the allotment proficiently and capers atop the palisade to regard it from aloft.
An example of a short descriptive essay, written in response to the prompt “Describe a place you love to spend time in,” is shown below.
Hover over different parts of the text to see how a descriptive essay works.
On Sunday afternoons I like to spend my time in the garden behind my house. The garden is narrow but long, a corridor of green extending from the back of the house, and I sit on a lawn chair at the far end to read and relax. I am in my small peaceful paradise: the shade of the tree, the feel of the grass on my feet, the gentle activity of the fish in the pond beside me.
My cat crosses the garden nimbly and leaps onto the fence to survey it from above. From his perch he can watch over his little kingdom and keep an eye on the neighbours. He does this until the barking of next door’s dog scares him from his post and he bolts for the cat flap to govern from the safety of the kitchen.
With that, I am left alone with the fish, whose whole world is the pond by my feet. The fish explore the pond every day as if for the first time, prodding and inspecting every stone. I sometimes feel the same about sitting here in the garden; I know the place better than anyone, but whenever I return I still feel compelled to pay attention to all its details and novelties—a new bird perched in the tree, the growth of the grass, and the movement of the insects it shelters…
Sitting out in the garden, I feel serene. I feel at home. And yet I always feel there is more to discover. The bounds of my garden may be small, but there is a whole world contained within it, and it is one I will never get tired of inhabiting.
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The key difference is that a narrative essay is designed to tell a complete story, while a descriptive essay is meant to convey an intense description of a particular place, object, or concept.
Narrative and descriptive essays both allow you to write more personally and creatively than other kinds of essays , and similar writing skills can apply to both.
If you’re not given a specific prompt for your descriptive essay , think about places and objects you know well, that you can think of interesting ways to describe, or that have strong personal significance for you.
The best kind of object for a descriptive essay is one specific enough that you can describe its particular features in detail—don’t choose something too vague or general.
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How to Write a Descriptive Paragraph: Examples of the Good, Bad and Ugly
How to Write a Descriptive Paragraph
One of the best ways to learn how to write a descriptive paragraph, is by studying real-life examples. So let's start with an example, right off the bat.
Recently, a coaching client told me he considers descriptive writing a “necessary evil.” We were in a pub where, supposedly, Joseph Conrad began many great novels , inspired by the majestic English coast and his global sailing voyages. It’s a Wetherspoons now, an infamous but beloved chain of bars where you complain about writing, inspired by the majestic English coast and cheap drinks.
“It’s like a tax I have to pay every time I want to introduce a new character,” he whined, just as Conrad (probably) did in the very same spot. “But no one enjoys reading descriptive writing.”
This might be an exaggeration, but it’s true that describing a person, setting, or object can be challenging- for both authors and readers-and, sometimes, it really does feel like an annoying price you have to pay before getting on with the fun parts of your book.
“Well, don’t describe, then,” I said unhelpfully.
He sighed. Eventually, we agreed you have to describe a little, but maybe not as much as you think you do. And that you shouldn’t do it too much, or for too long, or in formulaic ways. What you should do is go to a Wetherspoons by the sea, read Conrad critically, and follow the rest of our rules...
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How Much Describing Do You Need?
When learning about how to write a descriptive paragraph , the first thing to consider about descriptive writing is its purpose. It seems obvious: you describe a character so your readers can picture them, right? Except, this isn’t entirely true.
Even if you describe someone in painstaking detail, your readers will never imagine them exactly as you do. Being unable to translate the precise image in your mind to the page isn’t necessarily a limitation; it’s part of the power of prose. Books aren’t inadequate substitutes for films, nor should they try to be.
When you describe a character, you’re collaborating with your reader, giving them permission to create with you.
Think about when you watch a movie based on a book you love, and the actors don’t look anything like how you pictured them in the novel. The reason that can be annoying is that you have a personal connection with a character you helped build while reading about them.
You took part in the design and construction of the character. This collaborative creation of a character often connects you with someone familiar, which strengthens the connection even more.
When you let go of the idea that you should go into descriptive detail, putting specific details in the reader’s mind, an exact picture of a person or place, you’ll find you can be freer and more creative in your descriptions.
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What Are Common Mistakes in Descriptive Writing?
Not only is it impossible to give readers every detail of a person or place, but trying too often makes for dull reading and pollutes the writing process too.
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Consider this example:
He was thirty years old, 5’11, had medium-length wavy black hair, pale skin, and dark brown eyes. He wore light blue denim jeans, a clean white, long-sleeved shirt, and a black sports jacket.
Despite all the adjectives, specific details, and sensory language, this description is still pretty vague. Worse, it’s boring . Over-doing it with facts about someone’s appearance can become a forgettable slog that does nothing for anyone-yourself, your readers, or your characters.
Even if you throw in some stock metaphors and a simile or two to be a bit more creative with it ( ...medium-length wavy hair the color of coal...) , it doesn’t make a sentence or descriptive paragraph much more interesting and, usually, your readers still won’t care all that much.
Similarly, the purpose of descriptive writing isn’t to show off how well-read, sagacious, and perspicacious you are. Nor is it to cram as many obscure, recherché, and recondite adjectives and/or metaphors as you possibly can into a single complete sentence. See how annoying that was to read? Your reader is the most important person, and their experience is what matters. Don’t force them to turn to a dictionary on every other sentence!
What is the Purpose of Descriptive Writing?
You do need to give your reader some idea of your settings and your protagonists’ physical qualities. If you don’t do any describing, it can be confusing and difficult to connect the story.
What you focus on and how much you do can vary, by genre especially. For example, romance requires more character descriptions than other genres, and sci-fi should usually have interesting, dynamic, and full setting descriptions.
The key is to consider what the description is actually for . Usually, a good descriptive paragraph should be much more about characterization and atmosphere than about physical details.
If you want to tell us what a character looks like, ask what their appearance says about them as a person? What does a house tell us about its inhabitants? What does your protagonist’s perspective of a new city imply about them and the place?
Examples of Good Descriptive Writing (How to write a descriptive paragraph)
Your description doesn’t need to be long to give your reader an emotion, a clear picture, and profound insight into your story.
“[He] was a tubby little chap who looked as if he had been poured into his clothes and had forgotten to say ‘When!’”
-From Very Good Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse, a writer you should turn to if you’re ever having a bad day.
In this description, we don’t just learn that the character is overweight. Wodehouse only needs twenty words to imply that he’s stuffy, uptight, and a comical, unpleasant character.
He’s able to do this because the purpose of this description is to tell you about the character, not just what he looks like.
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How to Begin a Descriptive Paragraph
The typical moment to describe a person or a place is the first time you introduce them to your reader. Talking about someone for fifty pages and then suddenly dropping in what they look and act like is disorientating.
However, it’s important to try to avoid being formulaic by repeatedly introducing someone, adding a line about their appearance, and then moving on with your chapter’s action. In pre-20th century novels (before editors), this was a common practice and is why some prose of that time can feel a little dated and dull now.
Another formulaic trope to avoid is best explained by Elmore Leonard:
“Never open a book with weather. If it’s only to create atmosphere and not a character’s reaction to the weather, you don’t want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry Lopez, who has more ways than an Eskimo to describe ice and snow in his book Arctic Dreams, you can do all the weather reporting you want.”
So, describe early, but not too early, with structure, but without being formulaic. Easy, right?
How to Improve Descriptive Writing
Descriptive writing is difficult, and there aren’t simple tricks that will make yours work every time. To help, I’m going to walk you through a paragraph I worked through our online writing coaching with author Derek Hackman in his upcoming novel A Machine Divine .
Derek didn’t have a lot of confidence in his ability to write descriptions engagingly, but his individual sentences are fantastic. Where he was struggling was in integrating them with the rest of the scene.
Here’s the first draft of a paragraph in which he introduces readers to a character for the first time:
“He was tall with a slim build. Mid-thirties with medium-length wavy brown hair covered by a modest black top hat. His outfit was as flashy and ornate as his entrance. A dark-red vest with gold buttons underneath a tan tweed overcoat. In his right hand was an engraved gold walking cane, topped with a bright emerald. In his left, he dragged an upright antique chest wrapped excessively in chains and locks.”
The first thing I did was note the line “his outfit was as flashy and ornate as his entrance.” This is a brilliant sentence: it’s simple, clever, and engaging, and it would be better placed at the beginning of the paragraph because it logically leads into the rest.
Now, instead of just telling us about someone, he’s also justifying telling us about someone. If the character’s outfit really is as flashy and ornate as his entrance (arriving in the center of town in a hot air balloon), we want to know about it.
Also, it’s often great to begin paragraphs with short, snappy sentences.
What’s the Best Way to Format a Descriptive Paragraph
Continuing with A Machine Divine as our example: the next thing that could be improved about this paragraph is that it reads a little like a list of facts.
Individual attributes are in disconnected sentences and seemingly have nothing to do with each other. But when you look closely, they do relate; we just need to show the reader that more effectively.
He’s in his mid-thirties, and he’s carrying a cane. Presumably, therefore, this tells us about the character’s class rather than a physical need. If we connect those two points, it becomes more obvious while still avoiding over-telling the reader:
“ Though he was in his mid-thirties, he held an engraved gold walking cane.”
Doing this also makes a descriptive paragraph flow naturally and feel more active.
Now, the paragraph looks like this:
His outfit was as flashy and ornate as his entrance. A dark-red vest with gold buttons under a tan tweed overcoat fitted his tall, slim build perfectly. A modest, black top hat covered his medium-length, wavy brown hair, and-though he was only in his mid-thirties-he held an engraved, gold walking cane topped with a bright emerald in his right hand. In his left, he dragged an upright antique chest wrapped excessively in chains and locks.
I’ve changed very little, the writer had done all the hard work already, but these small tweaks of the descriptive text make a big difference.
Next, I gave Derek an option for a heavier edit that removes more adjectives and descriptive words that might not be necessary. At this point, editing often becomes more subjective, and it’s up to the author how many cuts they want to make and up to me to try and give them an option that improves their work without taking away from their style.
Along with a quick proofread, here’s what it looked like:
His outfit was as flashy and ornate as his entrance. Under a tweed overcoat, aA dark-red vest with gold buttons under a tan tweed overcoat fitted his tall, slim build perfectly. A modest, black top hat covered his medium-length wavy brown hair, and-though he was only in his mid-thirties-he held an engraved, gold walking cane topped with a bright emerald in his right hand. In his left, he dragged an upright antique chest wrapped excessively in chains and locks.
The Rules for Descriptive Writing
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How to write a descriptive paragraph
- Consider why you’re describing
- Let go of the idea that it’s to convey an exact picture
- Respect your reader as a co-creator
- Avoid cliches and formulaic writing
- Don’t over-do it with your adjectives, metaphors, or showing off your writing skills
- Remember your genre
- Integrate your description with the rest of the scene
- Read more! Learn from good and bad examples of descriptive writing
We hope you learned a few new things about how to write a descriptive paragraph. And for heaven’s sake, try to avoid purple prose. The overuse of sensory language, descriptive adjectives, and specific details might impress your fifth-grade teacher but certainly not the average reader.
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How to Write a Poem: A Step-by-Step Guide
Poetry is . . . song lyrics without the music? Writing that rhymes? A bunch of comparisons and abstract imagery that feels like a code for the reader to decipher?
The answer to all of the above is yes, but poetry encompasses much more. Poetry is a broad literary category that covers everything from bawdy limericks to unforgettable song lyrics to the sentimental couplets inside greeting cards. Poetry’s lack of rules can make it feel hard to define but is also what makes poetry enjoyable for so many to write.
If you’ve ever wondered how to write a poem, read on. Writing poetry doesn’t have to be daunting—we’re going to demystify the process and walk you through it, one step at a time.
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What is a poem?
A poem is a singular piece of poetry.
Poems don’t have to rhyme; they don’t have to fit any specific format; and they don’t have to use any specific vocabulary or be about any specific topic. But here’s what they do have to do: use words artistically by employing figurative language . With a poem, the form is as important as the function—perhaps even more so.
In contrast, prose is writing that follows the standard sentence and paragraph structure. Prose, while it takes many different forms and tones, largely mimics human speech patterns.
The purpose of a poem
Poetry expresses emotions and conveys ideas, but that’s not all it can do. Poets tell stories, teach lessons, and even communicate hidden messages through poetry. When you listen to music with lyrics, you’re listening to poetry.
When you’re writing poetry, keep your goal in mind. Are you writing to evoke emotion? To perform your poem at an open mic night? To get a good grade on your assignment? Although there aren’t any hard and fast rules for writing poetry, there are some fundamental guidelines to keep in mind:
- Show, don’t tell. The goal is to provoke an emotion in the reader.
- Less can be more. While it’s perfectly acceptable to write long, flowery verse, using simple, concise language is also powerful. Word choice and poem length are up to you.
- It’s OK to break grammatical rules when doing so helps you express yourself.
Elements of poetry
The key elements that distinguish poetry from other kinds of literature include sound, rhythm, rhyme, and format. The first three of these are apparent when you hear poetry read aloud. The last is most obvious when you read poetry.
One thing poetry has in common with other kinds of literature is its use of literary devices. Poems, like other kinds of creative writing , often make use of allegories and other kinds of figurative language to communicate themes.
In many cases, poetry is most impactful when it’s listened to rather than read. With this in mind, poets often create sound, whether to be pleasing, jarring, or simply highlight key phrases or images through words. Read this short poem “The Cold Wind Blows” by Kelly Roper aloud and listen to the sounds the letters and words make:
Who knows why the cold wind blows
Or where it goes, or what it knows.
It only flows in passionate throes
Until it finally slows and settles in repose.
Do you hear the repeated “ose” sound and how it mimics the sound of wind gusts? Poets create sound in a variety of ways, like alliteration , assonance, and consonance.
Poetry has rhythm. That’s what often makes it so attractive to set to music.
A poem’s rhythmic structure is known as its meter . Meter refers to:
- The number of syllables in each line
- The stressed and unstressed syllables in each line
These syllables are grouped together to form feet , units that make up a line of poetry. A foot is generally two or three syllables, and each combination of two or three stressed and unstressed syllables has a unique name.
You probably recognize the term iambic pentameter from English class. It comes up a lot in high school English classes because Shakespeare wrote in it frequently, and Shakespeare is frequently read in high school English classes. An iamb is a two-syllable foot where the second syllable is stressed: duh-DUH. Pentameter means that each line in the poem has five feet or ten total syllables.
Iambic pentameter is just one of the many kinds of rhythm a poem can have . Other types of feet include the trochee , two syllables where the first syllable is stressed (DUH-duh), and dactyl , three syllables where only the first is stressed (DUH-duh-duh). When a poem only has one foot per line, it’s in monometer; when there are two feet per line, it’s in dimeter; and so on.
Stressed and unstressed syllables aren’t the only way you can create rhythm in your poetry. Another technique poets frequently embrace is repetition. Repetition underscores the words being repeated, which could be a phrase or a single word. In her poem “Still I Rise”, Maya Angelou repeats the phrase “I rise” with increasing frequency as the poem progresses, changing it from “I’ll rise” in the first stanzas to a repeated “I rise” toward the ending, to emphasize her unbreakable spirit:
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
With poetry, rhythm and rhyme go hand in hand. Both create musicality in the poem, making it pleasurable to recite and listen to.
Rhymes can appear anywhere in a poem, not just at the ends of alternating lines. Take a look at all the places Lewis Carrol uses rhymes in this excerpt from “Jabberwocky”:
One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.
When you’re reading poetry, one of the first things you’ll likely notice is its formatting. Simply put, poems just aren’t formatted the same way as prose. Sentences end in weird places, there are blank lines between the different sections, one word might have a line all to itself, or the words might be arranged in a shape that makes a picture on the page.
One of poetry’s defining characteristics is that it doesn’t adhere to the same formatting that prose does. You (most likely) won’t find sentences and paragraphs in poetry. Instead, you’ll find stanzas, lines, and line breaks.
A stanza is the poetic equivalent of a paragraph. It’s a group of lines that (usually) adheres to a specific rhyme or rhythm pattern. For example, a quatrain is a four-line stanza in which the second and fourth lines rhyme. An isometric stanza is a stanza of any length where each line has the same meter.
Literary devices aren’t limited to prose—many, perhaps even most, poems incorporate one or more literary devices. Literary devices commonly found in poetry include:
- Figurative language
Often, poets use literary devices in conjunction with other poetic elements. One famous example of a poem that layers multiple literary devices is Margaret Atwood’s “[you fit into me]”:
you fit into me
like a hook into an eye
a fish hook
an open eye
In the first stanza, Atwood uses a simile, a type of figurative language , to create an initially pleasant image: a hook and eye closure, a small metal hook that neatly fits into an appropriately sized metal loop to fasten clothing. Then the second stanza juxtaposes this with a jarring image: a fish hook plunged into an eyeball. These images together, formatted as two stark sections separated by a break, express the poem’s uncomfortable, visceral theme.
Types of poetic forms
There are many different types of poems. Some have very strict style rules, while others are classified according to the topics they cover rather than their structure. When you’re writing poetry, keep the form you’re writing in mind as you brainstorm—with forms that involve rhyming or require a specific number of syllables, you’ll probably want to jot down a list of go-to words that fit into your chosen format before you start writing.
A haiku is a three-line poem that always fits this format: The first and third lines contain five syllables and the second line contains seven syllables.
A limerick is a five-line poem that follows a strict AABBA rhyme scheme. Though they often discuss humorous subjects, this isn’t a requirement—the only requirement is that it fits this precise rhyme pattern.
A sonnet is a fourteen-line poem that was often used by Shakespeare and Petrarch. Although a sonnet’s exact rhyme scheme varies from poem to poem, each sonnet has some kind of consistent rhyme pattern.
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Blank verse poetry is written in a specific meter that, as a rule, does not rhyme. Although this specific meter is often iambic pentameter, that isn’t a requirement for blank verse poetry—the only requirements are that it does not stray from its meter (whichever meter the poet chose) and that it doesn’t rhyme.
With free verse, anything goes. When you read a poem that doesn’t appear to fit any specific format, you’re reading free verse poetry.
An ode is a poem that celebrates a person, an event, or even an object. An ode uses vivid language to describe its subject.
Elegies are poems that, like odes, pay tribute to specific subjects. However, rather than being purely celebratory, an elegy is generally a reflection on its subject’s death and includes themes of mourning and loss.
How to write a poem
Writing a poem isn’t the same as writing a short story , an essay, an email, or any other type of writing. While each of these other kinds of writing requires a unique approach, they all have one thing in common: they’re prose.
Poetry isn’t prose, as we explained above. And that’s what makes it feel like the wildcard of creative writing.
With poetry, going through the standard writing process can feel like a creativity killer. That doesn’t mean you should just sit down, scrawl out a poem, and call it a day. On the contrary, when you’re writing poetry, you might find that skipping one or more stages in the traditional writing process will help you be more creative.
Of course, you might also find that following the writing process helps you explore and organize your thoughts before you start to write. The usefulness of starting with brainstorming, then moving onto outlining, then starting to write only once you’ve got an outline varies from poet to poet and even poem to poem. Sometimes, inspiration strikes and the words just start flowing out of your mind and onto the page.
Here are a few tips to help you get started and write your next poem:
1 Decide what you want to write about
Unless you’ve been assigned to write a poem about a specific topic, the first step in writing a poem is determining a topic to write about. Look for inspiration around you, perhaps in nature, your community, current events, or the people in your life. Take notes on how different things make you feel and what they drive you to think about.
Freewriting can be a helpful exercise when you’re searching for the perfect topic to write a poem about. You can use a writing prompt as a jumping-off point for your freewriting or just jot down a word (or a few) and see where your mind guides your pen, stream-of-consciousness style.
Once you have a topic and a theme in mind, the next step is to determine which kind of poem is the best way to express it.
2 Determine the best format for your topic
Your poem doesn’t have to adhere to any specific format, but choosing a format and sticking to it might be the way to go. By opting to write in a particular format, like a sonnet or a limerick, for example, you constrain your writing and force yourself to find a way to creatively express your theme while fitting that format’s constraints.
3 Explore words, rhymes, and rhythm
If you’ve decided to write your poem in a specific format, read other poems in that format to give yourself a template to follow. A specific rhythm or rhyme scheme can highlight themes and clever wordplay in your poem. For example, you might determine that a limerick is the most effective way to make your readers laugh at your satirical poem because the format feels like it has a built-in punchline.
4 Write the poem
Now it’s time to write! Whether you opt for using a pen and paper, typing on a laptop, or tapping on your phone, give yourself some uninterrupted time to focus on writing the poem.
Don’t expect to write something perfect on the first try. Instead, focus on getting your words out. Even if your lines don’t rhyme perfectly or you’ve got too many or too few syllables to fit the format you chose, write what’s on your mind. The theme your words are expressing is more important than the specific words themselves, and you can always revise your poem later.
5 Edit what you’ve written
Once you have a draft, the next step is to edit your poem. You don’t have to jump right from writing to editing—in fact, it’s better if you don’t. Give yourself a break. Then in a day or two, come back to your poem with a critical eye. By that, we mean read it again, taking note of any spots where you can replace a word with a stronger one, tighten your rhythm, make your imagery more vivid, or even remove words or stanzas that aren’t adding anything to the poem. When you do this, you might realize that the poem would work better in another form or that your poem would be stronger if it rhymed . . . or if it didn’t.
Reading your poem aloud can help you edit it more effectively because when you listen to it, you’ll hear the poem’s rhythm and quickly notice any spots where the rhythm doesn’t quite work. This can help you move words around or even completely restructure the poem.
If you’re comfortable sharing your poetry with others, have somebody else read your poem and give you feedback on ways you can improve it. You might even want to join a writing group, online or off, where you can workshop your poetry with other writers. Often, other people can spot strengths and weaknesses in your work that you might not have noticed because your perspective is too close to the poem. A more distanced perspective, as well as perspectives from readers and writers of different backgrounds, can offer up ways to make your writing stronger that you hadn’t considered before.
Give your writing extra spark
When you’re writing poetry, you’re allowed to break the rules. In fact, you’re encouraged to break the rules. Breaking the rules artistically is one of the key differences between writing poetry and writing prose.
But making mistakes isn’t the same as breaking the rules. Mistakes in your poetry, like misspelled words and incorrect punctuation, can distract readers from what you’re communicating through your words. That’s where Grammarly comes in. Grammarly catches any mistakes or tone inconsistencies in your work and suggests ways you can make your writing stronger. The outcome: writing with confidence and getting better at breaking the rules on purpose.
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The answer is indeed letter B) Most foot issues can be solved without seeing a podiatrist.
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