Descriptive Essay Essays


How to Create a Descriptive Essay Outline

Though not always necessary, outlines can help guide you in your writing. How? They act like a map of where you’ve been and where you need to go. An outline provides a skeleton upon which you can hang the meat of your essay. Consider it this way: without the skeleton, the paper won’t hold up but will be like a slug slithering on the ground. Which would you prefer your essay to be? A slug—or a roaring lion? We’re guessing you’d prefer your essay to be a roaring lion! That’s why we’re showing you how to create a descriptive essay Continue Reading...

Descriptive Essay Examples to Get You Started

Melville’s Spouter Inn Some of the best descriptive essay examples can be found among the writings of the greatest authors.  Consider a chapter in Moby-Dick by Herman Melville:  every chapter of that book is like a mini-descriptive essay.  Look at the way Melville uses description to create atmospheric effect in the first line of “Chapter 3:  The Spouter Inn” from Moby-Dick:  “Entering that gable-ended Spouter-Inn, you found yourself in a wide, low, straggling entry with old-fashioned wainscots, reminding one of the bulwarks of some condemned old craft.”  Melville uses words like “condemned” to convey a… Continue Reading...

Descriptive Essay Topics

nothing is off limits when you go to write a descriptive essay.  Your subject can be something as ordinary and mundane as a pencil or a desktop, or something as exotic and wild as an African safari or a trip to the Ganges.  The best descriptive essay topics are those that you can or have directly experienced.  To write a description requires a lot of imagination—the ability to summon up a sense of the experience of engaging with the subject.  If you have experienced this engagement already, you’re better equipped to convey this experience to another.  However, if you’ve… Continue Reading...

Descriptive Essay and How to Write One

This article will not only explain what a descriptive essay is, but will provide detailed information on how to write one yourself. What is a descriptive essay The descriptive essay is one of the four modes of discourse and composition (Nordquist, 2016).  The other three modes are narration, exposition and argumentation.  While it is impossible to ever write purely in one mode (all four tend to overlap in one way or another), one mode can be emphasized above the other three.  In the descriptive essay, the mode that is focused on… Continue Reading...