Engl 134 Fall 2010 Description Description is used in essays of all types, and in writing of all types. Effective description sets a clear scene, time, location or all three at once. Description uses concrete rather than abstract ideas, detailed rather than vague language, and imagery that speaks to all five senses. Descriptive writing portrays people, places, things, moments, and ideas with enough vivid detail to help the reader create a mental picture of what is being written about. Successful use of description is the cornerstone of writing to “ show not tell .” Powerful imagery can impact a reader intellectually and emotionally, as well as provide the reader with a personal connection to your theme or idea. Things to Consider as You Write A Description: Why is what you are writing about particularly important? What were you doing when you last experienced this _____(person, place, thing, moment, idea)? What other things were happening around you?
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