good descriptive writing examples
This can be engaging for empathetic readers, but can also be vague and disorganized. To write a successful personal essay, it’s important to focus and relay only the aspects that most fully express your experience. Personal essays also benefit from vivid, evocative language.
Its behavior among its own kind is no different. Like many mantises, orchid mantises are opportunistic cannibals. They don’t go out of their way to devour their own kind, but should one stray into striking range of another when it’s feeling peckish, it may well become a meal. H. coronatus is not recorded as performing the praying mantis’s infamous reproductive cannibalism, however.
“The idiosyncrasy of this town is smoke. It rolls sullenly in slow folds from the great chimneys of the iron-foundries, and settles down in black, slimy pools on the muddy streets. Smoke on the wharves, smoke on the dingy boats, on the yellow river–clinging in a coating of greasy soot to the house-front, the two faded poplars, the faces of the passers-by.”
In her hit song “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift uses concrete, evocative descriptions to evoke two very different impressions.
“Our Little Store rose right up from the sidewalk; standing in a street of family houses, it alone hadn’t any yard in front, any tree or flower bed. It was a plain frame building covered over with brick. Above the door, a little railed porch ran across on an upstairs level and four windows with shades were looking out. But I didn’t catch on to those. Running in out of the sun, you met what seemed total obscurity inside. There were almost tangible smells — licorice recently sucked in a child’s cheek, dill pickle brine1 that had leaked through a paper sack in a fresh trail across the wooden floor, ammonia-loaded ice that had been hoisted from wet croker sacks and slammed into the icebox with its sweet butter at the door, and perhaps the smell of still untrapped mice.”
This description of the “Little Store” is not only clear and concise, but also has images and sensory information about the store building.
by Joyce Carol Oates
In their own way, each of the following writers (three of them students, two of them professional authors) have selected a belonging or a place that holds special meaning to them. After identifying that subject in a clear topic sentence, they proceed to describe it in detail while explaining its personal significance.
But she feels sooooo uninspired.
Think about it for a sec … How would you describe a cold day? Extremely cold? Freezing? Ice-cold? It’s so cold you can’t stop shivering?