How to Take Descriptive Writing to the Next Level

Sometimes, writing feels like you’re climbing up a hill. A slippery, muddy hill. During a rainstorm. Even when the words are there, it can be tough to get the feeling onto the page.

When to use descriptive writing

Use descriptive writing almost anywhere your writing can benefit from immersive scene-setting. Most kinds of writing can benefit from a little bit of descriptive writing. Some, like fiction, poetry, and memoir, can benefit from a lot of it.

Descriptive writing techniques

There are lots of different ways you can make your writing more descriptive. Here are a few of the most common descriptive writing techniques

Metaphors

Similes

Sensory writing

Hyperbole

Personification

Onomatopoeia

What is a descriptive essay?

A descriptive essay is an essay focused on describing something. That “something” can be anything, such as an event, a place, an experience, an object, or even a person.

Give your writing extra polish

Crafting a compelling piece of descriptive writing can be tough, especially if descriptive writing is new to you. The two keys to becoming a pro at descriptive writing are to read a wide variety of writing types and practice, practice, practice.

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