descriptive writing

descriptive writing

Goal:
Descriptive writing vividly portrays a person, place, or thing in such a way that the reader can visualize the topic and enter into the writer’s experience.
Characteristics:

The general characteristics of descriptive writing include:
  • elaborate use of sensory language
  • rich, vivid, and lively detail
  • figurative language such as simile, hyperbole, metaphor,    symbolism and personification
  • showing, rather than telling through the use of  active verbs and precise modifiers
Uses:
Descriptive writing appears almost everywhere and is often included in other genre, such as in a descriptive introduction of a character in a narrative.
Exercises:
  • Observe, and then describe an event.
  • Think of a person or object that stands out in your memory. Write a description of that subject.
  • Find an example of descriptive writing; explain the elements that make this a good example.