The descriptive essay is a genre of essay that asks the student to describe something—object, person, place, experience, emotion, situation, etc. This genre encourages the student’s ability to create a written account of a particular experience. What is more, this genre allows for a great deal of artistic freedom (the goal of which is to paint an image that is vivid and moving in the mind of the reader).
If you are asked you to describe your favourite food, make sure that you write down some ideas before you begin describing it. For instance, if you choose pizza, you might start by writing down a few words: sauce, cheese, crust, pepperoni, sausage, spices, hot, melted, etc. Once you have written down some words, you can begin by compiling descriptive lists for each one.
Use Clear and Concise Language
This means that words are chosen carefully, particularly for their relevancy in relation to that which you are intending to describe.
Use Your Senses
If you are describing something, you need to be appealing to the senses of the reader. Explain how the thing smelled, felt, sounded, tasted, or looked. Add extra details with senses.
Engage Your Thoughts
Describe emotions or feelings related to your topic, this will make you connect with the reader on a deeper level. Many have felt crushing loss in their lives, or ecstatic joy, or great satisfaction at an achievement. Tap into this emotional reservoir in order to achieve your full descriptive potential.
Leave the reader with a clear impression
Your goal is to evoke a strong sense of familiarity and appreciation in the reader. Let your reader walk away from the essay craving the very pizza you just described. You are then on your way to writing effective descriptive essays.
It is easy to fall into an incoherent rambling of emotions and senses when writing a descriptive essay. Strive to present an organized and logical description.