Descriptions that are organized in order of importance take a reader through the door and build up details from the obvious and uninteresting to the unique and significant.The narrator might reveal a homemade egg sandwich on an English muffin.DESCRIPTIVE WRITING Descriptive writing uses details in order to create a strong image of a topic by appealing to the five senses.
They can proceed through your scene in chronological order, moving through time as they see events unfold.
They might take a bite and chew the overcooked eggs in your breakfast sandwich, and then proceed to step into your work trousers one leg at a time.
In your conclusion, try to answer this question: What general impression do you want your reader to have of the thing you are describing? (See handout on paragraph/essay development for more information) PRACTICE: Read the following descriptive paragraph and then answer the questions that follow. Late at night, the ocean near my grandmother’s house always fills me with wonder. When the clouds cover the moon, the darkness is complete. Then, I hear the waves coming toward me, swelling, breaking, and bursting into surf that I cannot see. Now that I am in touch with my senses, I am hit with a smell of salt and dampness that seems to coat my lungs.
I stand completely still, just experiencing the beach, as if I have become a part of the elements. What kinds of details are used in the body to describe the topic?
It contains facts, reasons, examples, and details, but mostly details.
The details often describe the five senses: sight, touch, sound, taste, and smell.in order to guide the reader around the space you’re describing.(See handout on paragraph/essay development for more information) As she entered the room, the light from the windows at the back cast light that lit up all the pictures on the wall to the left. Rule 6: The conclusion of a descriptive paper summarizes the ideas and brings it to a closing. When the moon is full, the light reflects off the water, bouncing up and shining on the waves as they start to break. During the day, their call sounds raw, but at night it softens and sounds like a plea.They might notice the sun slanting through the dining room windows, and keep moving forward until they come across a note taped to the fridge.In this kind of descriptive writing, the focus of organization is the movement through space, as the ideas or images the writer wants to reveal become clear through the physical movement of the narrator.The experience always calms me and takes away the strains of everyday life. What is being described in this paragraph (the topic)? Find the adjectives, and any metaphors, similes, or uses of personification. What uses of the five senses were used to describe this topic? As a writer of a descriptive work, you invite a reader to step into your world and experience the scene as if they are there, through your senses and colored by your thoughts and feelings.(See handout on figurative language for more info.) Metaphor- a direct comparison: Life is a journey. Simile-a comparison with like or as: Life is like a journey. Personification- giving words lifelike qualities: The music danced in my ears. Adjectives are words that describe people, places, things, and ideas. Last Modified 11/15/17 Rule 5: The details in the body of a descriptive paper are most likely arranged spatially.(See handout on parts of speech for more information). To guide the reader, you may use prepositions like “next to,” “in front of,” “below,” “at the back,” etc.They might follow your footsteps on the fateful day when you discovered that your office was relocated to the sixteenth floor, which was bad enough, except when you pushed the button you discovered the elevator was broken.Near ten o'clock you finally made it to the top of the of stairs, only to realize your building only has fifteen floors.