A descriptive essay is an essay that describes someone or something in colorful, vivid detail. The intent is to create a visual picture with words for the reader. When writing the essay, it is important to observe and record specific details that appeal to the reader’s senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste).
Descriptive essays provide a detailed description of your subject matter. This may be a person, place, thing or event. Descriptive essays, like narrative essays, allow for a more creative approach to writing. Unlike narrative essays, which provide a complete story, descriptive essays need only discuss the subject.
You should consider including vivid imagery and incorporate the “show, don’t tell” technique, which means to use action, thoughts, sensory details and emotions to immerse the reader as opposed to simply explaining the situation or events. For example, instead of writing “My first car was a red, two-door coupe,” you could write “The cherry red sparkled from bumper to bumper, and the two sleek doors were masked with a dark tint, mysterious and cool.”