Writing to inform, explain and describe

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Writing to describe

To describe is to give a description of what something or someone is like.

When describing, remember your thoughts and feelings are important. How does this place make you feel and why?


Genre - writing a story, describing a scene, a diary entry

Audience - could be anyone

Purpose - to describe, to get a vivid picture in the readers' head so they almost feel like they are there

Style - informal

Useful techniques

When writing to describe, use adjectives and adverbs eg "He walked away casually". Use similes, eg "He is acting like a fool," and metaphors, eg "That girl is a star". Most importantly, appeal to the readers' senses:

  • What does it look like?
  • What does it feel like?
  • What does it sound like?
  • What does it smell like?
  • What does it taste like?

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