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Descriptive Writing

In descriptive writing your goal is to help your reader experience the subject described. It is important to appeal to as many senses as possible allowing your audience to appreciate the subject fully.



First answer three questions:

1.     What is the most striking thing about this subject?

2.     What colors do I see, what sounds do I hear, what do I smell? Taste? Feel?

3.     What should I include in the description so that my audience will see what I am seeing, feel as I am feeling?


Writing Prompt

Appealing-to-the-Senses Description: Let the reader see, smell, hear, taste, and feel what you write in your essay.


The thick, burnt scent of roasted coffee tickled the tip of my nose just seconds before the old, faithful alarm blared a distorted top-forty through its tiny top speaker. Wiping away the grit of last night's sleep, the starch white sunlight blinded me momentarily as I slung my arm like an elephant trunk along the top of the alarm, searching for the snooze button. While stretching hands and feet to the four posts of my bed, my eyes opened after several watery blinks. I crawled out of the comforter, edging awkwardly like a butterfly from a cocoon, swinging my legs over the side of the bed. The dusty pebbles on the chilled, wood floor sent ripples spiraling from my ankles to the nape of my neck when my feet hit the floor. Grabbing the apricot, terri-cloth robe, recently bathed in fabric softener and October wind, I knotted it tightly at my waist like a prestigious coat of armor and headed downstairs to battle the morning.