By Tiffany Provost

In order to appeal to the reader in the strongest way possible, the writer should use language which appeals to the five senses. If you follow these tips on descriptive writing this should be easy to do.
Make sure that the beginning is exactly what you want the reader to see. It is necessary for a proper example of a descriptive paragraph to first illustrate the picture that the author wants the reader to receive. Use powerful adjectives in your description. Don’t use words that are too general (such as awesome, pretty, good, or nice), as these in no way give a visual image. Alternatively, be as detailed as possible with the visual descriptions in your paragraph, allowing the reader to experience what you are describing. There are many ways of communicating this. For example, you can say, ‘the nice dog played.’ You can also go in a more roundabout way – ‘The scruffy brown dog with a patch above his left eye jumped quickly up at the passing red frisbee.’ The first sentence may be to the point, but the latter one has sufficient description to create a picture for the reader.


You should consider writing about various types of smells and tastes. Now describe that topic to the reader in terms of smell and taste. The best writers incorporate many adjectives into their sentences in order to make their audiences get a vivid picture of what they are describing. You may want to include smells when describing your topic to entice the reader. Perhaps do the same thing when describing tastes. Simply stating that something tastes good is not a good description of it, so try and use more descriptive terms. You should try to get as descriptive as possible with how everything smelled and tasted.
Write about how the item or moment makes you feel. When you go about the description, write about your experience and how you went about it and how it feels. Does it remind you of anything as you think about running your hand along the surface? Just what are your emotions doing in reaction to the present time? Adjectives help the reader really feel and envision what is going on in the story. Your readers will feel and think in the way you wish if you are careful about your wording and are very descriptive. Try not to be too general like, “that is good” (it isn’t descriptive). It is best to choose specific, definitive examples which adequately share a distinct impression with your reader.
The noises heard at that time should not be neglected in your description. The one-paragraph description ought to include a short description of the types of sounds that can be heard. What sounds are carried on the wind? Or is it very quiet? Be descriptive when explaining the sounds the reader should expect to hear. You have to be specific about the nuances of sound when you want your readers to experience the sound. “The gentle breeze blew through my ears and left me peaceful and calm,” is a good example of how to use the sense of hearing to describe a sound. You should try being this detailed when you write your own paragraph.
Sprinkle your writing with phrases that are sure to impress. Your professor and other readers will like the paragraph even more when the description includes other good writing tricks as well. A simile is a comparison between two different things using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’. Your audience will better associate the content of your text with their daily lives when you use metaphors that they can appreciate. Creating a picture is important in writing. Include all the minute details. The readers can then appreciate the idea fully.

Tiffany Provost writes about writing and education for

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