Choosing a Topic for the Descriptive EssayIf you’re not sure what to write about, consider the following descriptive essay topics.
- A Person of Importance to You
- A Significant Place
- A Memory
- A Precious Object
- A Frightening Place
- An Intimidating Person
- The Best Season of the Year
- A Person You Admire
- A Summer Vacation
- A Wedding Ceremony
Before Writing, Ask Yourself WhyBefore you can even begin writing the descriptive essay, you need to have a clear idea why you are writing it. Was it a life-changing event? Was it something that was truly memorable? Did it happen frequently? If you have no idea why this essay is interesting, your reader wont either. After establishing why, ask yourself which qualities or attributes of the person, place, or thing you want to focus on.
Picking the QualitiesOnce you’ve chosen your topic, sit down and think carefully about what you what to describe in your essay and how you’re going to go about it.
Let’s say that your chosen topic is “My Summer in Poland.” Pick out the general details about your summer in Poland that you’ll write about in your essay:
- Lazienki Park
- Summer Chopin Concert Series
- Vistula River
- Palace of Culture and Science
- Stary Miasto
After this add more specific details
- White blossoms covering the streets at the beginning of June
- Sunday afternoons listening to pianists play Chopin in Lazienki Park
- Seeing the surrounding hills of Mazovia from the top of the Palace of Culture and Science.
- Wandering the old twisting streets of Stary Miasto
- Spending summer afternoons laying in the sun on the banks of the Vistula River
- Sounds of church bells and people singing on Sunday mornings
- Processions of children and banners on Corpus Christi
Once you’ve done this, you can very clearly see which details and senses you will utilize the most in your work. With the above example, the senses that will be used are sight, sound, and touch.
Drafting the Descriptive EssayAfter you’ve done all the necessary preparation, it’s time to start writing. Keep in mind the senses that you want to focus on and use them in as much detail as possible. This way your readers will have the same emotions or feelings. In general though, begin your essay with broad details and unfold the specifics gradually. In the beginning, imagine that you are writing a five-paragraph essay with three main ideas or topics. When constructing the thesis statement for your descriptive essay, think about the following: What emotion or impression is your thesis going to make throughout your essay? Is it a sad, happy, angry, or funny recollection?
Revising the Descriptive EssayWhen you are ready to begin revising, ask the following:
- Did you provide enough details for the reader?
- Are there any details that could be eliminated or added?
- Was your word usage effective for expressing your intended emotions?
- Does every paragraph focus on a specific aspect of you description?
- Are your paragraphs ordered in the best way possible?