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August 18th, 2012

Descriptive Writing

To understand what descriptive writing is, it is important to understand what does writing or an essay call for. An essay is a piece of writing which is mostly written from an author’s personal point of view. There are many types of essays such as political manifestos, reflections of the author’s thoughts, etc. One out of the many is called descriptive writing. Descriptive writing is a type of writing in which you describe something to a large extent, in this something is described so much that it seems you are in the story or the situation that the writing is addressing.

We can take an example for instance describing a leaf-weak, you use words such as tender, colorful, explosion of colors, and so on, words that illustrate the word being described. So basically descriptive writing is detailed writing of a topic describing and explaining it in its full length giving the images of the topic addressed. It characterized by sensory details, which appeal to the physical senses and details that appeal to a reader’s emotional, physical, or intellectual sensibilities. The true purpose of descriptive writing is to make readers see, feel, and hear what we have seen, felt, and heard. Whether describing a person, a place, or a thing, the aim is to reveal a subject through vivid and carefully selected details.

There is a long process through which this writing finally comes out flawlessly illustrated. First the purpose is determines, secondly, the audience are considered. A dominant impression is created using descriptive language, and organizing the description are the rhetorical choices to be considered when using a description. The description is usually arranged spatially but can also be chronological or emphatic. The descriptive writing uses tools like denotative language, connotative language, figurative language, metaphor, and simile to arrive a dominant impression at end of the writing. The entire purpose of the writing is to make the reader feel the scene or the topic been addressed. The focus of a description is the scene to make the reader feel as in if the reader is there himself. You are more like painting a picture without a pencil or a brush.
There are many ways the author produces his flawless descriptive paper. After he has chosen the topic or the object that he is going to write about, he pictures it in his mind to have a complete visual idea. Then he takes himself to where that object is located. At times it can be a mere room being described, or a favorite animal, it can even be a fresh homemade cookie that is being described for its sensual smell and devouring taste. He places himself close enough to the object to touch it in his imagination, than he starts asking questions that need to be answered in his writing; can you feel it? Look at it closely. What does it look like? What do you feel as you are imagining the object you are going to describe? Then he uses these thoughts to generate a free writing describing what he sees and feels.