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Now, let's take a look at a few samples that show us the difference between writing that is descriptive and writing that isn't. I was nervous about my first day of school. My mother dropped me off in the front of the school. I got out of the car, and heard the bell ring. I walked to class. I found my class, and sat down in the front. My teacher walked in and yelled at me. Get FREE access for 5 days, just create an account. I was nervous about my first day of high school.

My mother dropped me off in the student drop-off zone located in front of the school. I got out of the car, and I saw the principal standing greeting everyone walking around. The kids were all taller than me; some of the guys even had beards! The first thing I wondered was how I would get around this huge school. I stood in the front looking for people that I knew to shake out the butterflies in my stomach. I walked around for a few minutes until I heard a loud ring; it was the school bell.

Students began to rush inside; it was like a stampede of elephants. I followed the rest of the kids. The hallways smelled like a combination of sunscreen and cheap body spray. After five minutes of walking, I finally found my first class. I walked in and found a seat in the front of the classroom.

I sat next to a girl who was wearing a bright red sweater. She was annoyed because some of the kids were asking her why she was wearing a sweater during the summer. She said it was because she loved the feeling of cashmere, and it was her lucky red sweater.

I sat there for another two minutes staring around to see if I recognized anyone. I looked on my schedule, and, to my surprise, class did not start for another three minutes, and finally I pulled out a stick of Doublemint gum. Eventually the bell rang. The teacher walked inside, and that's when things started to go badly for me. The teacher yelled at me at the top of his lungs, 'No gum!

I was scared and nervous, but then the teacher smirked and said, 'Unless you have some for me! Hopefully you see the difference! Descriptive writing is an important literary device. This allows the writer to create a connection with their readers through the use of details.

There are several techniques a writer uses in their writing, such as word choice and sensory details to paint a picture with their words. If done correctly, all readers will be able to understand subject matter they have no background knowledge of. Some tips for using effective descriptive writing include choosing your focus, use of words, reader interest, re-reading and redo. To unlock this lesson you must be a Study. Did you know… We have over college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1, colleges and universities.

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Are you still watching? Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds. Add to Add to Add to. Want to watch this again later? How to Write a Descriptive Paragraph or Essay: What is Narrative Writing? What is Audience in Writing? What is Expository Writing? Prescriptive Conventions of Grammar. FTCE English This lesson will assist you in identifying descriptive writing found in literature and ways you can apply it in your own writing.

Definition of Descriptive Writing Take some time to think about the differences between a short and a long conversation that you've had with someone about a specific event. I learned so many new power words. Thanks a lot for the list! I love this list, this is pure gold for me. I think the viral word is also a power word. A brilliant piece of work! May I post a link of this article in my blog?

My friends will find it very helpful. This is an awesome list here. I have looked at it several times when trying to make a query or hook for a book I am writing and found several words that have worked for me.

Although during one query I was writing I found that Vigilante worked for me better than Terrorist. I did not see that in one of the lists and do not know if anyone else has mentioned that one yet. If not there is a new word for you. Will give me food for thought as I write my next blog entry and then next words on my next books, today.

Here are some power words from my writing, yesterday. I used this as an exercise to explore my writing:. Jon — congrats — a cracking post, that I use every week as a reference guide when creating and editing my own. It does what it says on the tin, because it absolutely HAS made me a better writer. I have been using these now a few times, but I am struggling with how much I should emulate your style.

Also, you tend to hype the living gold out of your articles. Contrary to most other authors, you keep your promises of awesomeness. Anyway, thanks again for making me a better writer and a more conscious promoter.

People actually read my posts now. A true gift from a true genius. This will be very helpful! Thank you for making the list so detailed and organized, and sharing it for free. We all know these words, but we often try to think of new, modern, complex ones that we think will grab attention. Eventually, we realize that simplicity is the solution to everything. The simpler, the better. My humble contribution primarily but not exclusively for political speeches: Hi Jon, Great list, great post!

More ideas for your list of power words when you create it: I have now bookmarked it so that I can keep referring back to it when writing certain blog posts and articles.

I appreciate the list being very long. Love the examples from Henneke and Sarah Peterson — their personalities shine through. The words they use fit their brand. Excellent knowledge pack article … strange only words make me better writer i am really very excited and going to use this soon.

Great piece of content. Thanks a ton Jon. Learned a lot from your thoughts. Your content always inspires me. Thank You for your powerful words. Learned a lot from your thoughts, your content is precious, easy to read and understand, Thanks for sharing. On the internet we can find lots of information but in the whole thing existence of the reality is very few, so this site i found which is really helped me a lot.

Not only is this a valuable list, but this post is a case study in how to write a great blog post. The information you have published in your blog is really useful and I will apply this useful information to the seo studies of my own website and blog page. You have such a gift for practicing what you preach. Seriously, this is high value for me, and I can implement immediately. Thanks for pouring the work into making this great.

Great article, I would really thankful for share the article from the digital marketing point of view. Thanks for sharing this article. Keep up the good work. Sir amazing work by you. I am also a blogger and its a veryhelpful for a blogger like me.

This is literally the best. Thank you for taking the time to write this! I can already see the value in this article and I have shared it with my staff. Why am I just finding you again? This is a great resource. You are a good writer, and this resource you provided will make many more better writers as well. Looking for a quick way to give your writing more punch? We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind.

We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime.

That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. It is to wage war , by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny , never surpassed in the dark , lamentable catalogue of human crime.

It is victory , victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror , victory , however long and hard the road may be; for without victory , there is no survival. Thanks so much Jon for this great insight. Love this post too. Each post is detailed and, like you said, excellent. Also, Hollywood is brilliant at cashing in on fear with movies like World War Z and Please and thank you! Can I get brownie points for noticing that one too?

Thanks for this very helpful post. Great list, Jon, thanks for the reminders. Thank you for your excellent posts and continued professionalism. Thank you so much! We need to compare lists! Hi Jon, Some of my favorites from my list are: Might be interesting to start an abbreviation category. Yes, we seem to be having some technical issues. A delicious literary stimulation, Jon. And your About The Author text is the icing.

This list is pure gold. You set a high standard for insanely useful content. We need people like you to inspire us, Jon Thanks! Yes, everyone go sign-up for the webinar. My apologies in advance if you already mentioned them: Thanks for the list Michael! Petrified a great word, and I want to add more to my list, because I forgot to add them at my post on the bottom and again, sorry for any accidental repeats: Brinks-Truck-Safe — exceptional and one for my list!

That one is definitely going in the next version. Here is one possible addition: Yep, heart stopping, marvelous, and magical have stronger emotional pulls too. Hey, at least you got the message down! It would be great to see this topic in an updated headline hacks, or in its own pdf. I have a God of Writing and his name is Jon. Thanks Jon, you are awesomely admirable.

I think you can use them all for pretty much all niches. Be sure to give it a bookmark. Also, we are preparing a PDF version. Ha, yeah, that would be another interesting way to organize them.

I was thinking exactly the same. What about slangs, rude words? The first group can probably help you with that. They are words that cause readers to feel a particular emotion.

Take a look again at the Winston Churchill example in the beginning. Never Give Up Joan Y. A few spur of the moment suggestions: The post is an explanation for why a random post I did a long while back has always been more popular on view count than others — Confessions of A Recovering Adrenaline Junkie As a therapist my work is all about power words. This is up there with Headline Hacks for sheer volume of awesome suggestions.

Here are a few that come to mind in no particular order: Thanks again, Jon for some truly helpful ideas! Thanks for this awesome resource! Some of my favorites: What an incredibly useful post.

Many thanks for sharing. Some more of my favorite words: My 1 lately is… turmoil Then I list these: And also mild swear words that help me keep my blog PG Thanks so much for continuing to create such great resources. Headlines as mandatory reading? I want to come work at your company. Hi Debbie, definitely some super-powerful power words in your blog title! Actually i just got an email from someone that wants to advertise on my site. I am going to have to grab your headline hacks PDF.

Some great words there. Holy Forgotten Bonanza Batman! This article has titillated my limp mind! Wishing everyone a great inspiration filled day, Maurice. Another staggeringly useful post that will help us to rise to victory.

This list is almost as useful as Headline Hacks. Just had to repeat that word. Just my two cents. Thanks for your reply, Michael. I know something that would make me a better writer… Taking this article as well as some of your other awesome basic writing technique articles, and putting them to practice in a system each time I write!

DOH… I am determine to get this right…. Thanks for another great one, Jon! Hi Jon, Thanks very much for this post. Great resource and a very interesting read. Just found you guys and am loving all the words. Thanks for sharing these power words. Favorite FB pic I saw lately: Never underestimate the seductive power of a decent vocabulary! Pure magic right here! This is clearly valuable information. All of the above. Incredible post and list, Jon. Going to try this out for my future posts. One word that never loses its power: I have a couple to add: I used this as an exercise to explore my writing: Compelling collection of words on this page!

Here are a few that I think evoke a lot of emotion: Thanks Jon, yet another beautiful one. German audiences, besides reading a different language, have a bit of a different rhythm. Eye of the Predator Paperback by Matthew J. Moving Day Hardcover by Robert Kalan. Morais, The Hundred-Foot Journey. There are no words to capture the infinite depth of crowiness in the crow's flight. All we can do is use a word as an indicator, or a whole bunch of words as a general directive.

But the ominous thing in the crow's flight, the bare-faced, bandit thing, the tattered beggarly gipsy thing, the caressing and shaping yet slightly clumsy gesture of the down-stroke, as if the wings were both too heavy and too powerful, and the headlong sort of merriment, the macabre pantomime ghoulishness and the undertaker sleekness - you could go on for a very long time with phrases of that sort and still have completely missed your instant, glimpse knowledge of the world of the crow's wingbeat.

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A good descriptive paragraph is like a window into another world. Through the use of careful examples or details, an author can conjure a scene that vividly describes a person, place, or thing. The best descriptive writing appeals to all five senses―smell, sight, taste, touch, and hearing―and is found in both fiction and nonfiction.

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Jun 19,  · Excerpts of brilliant descriptive writing. but instead take the time to choose the very best words to describe in a brief way exactly what they mean. that is some great descriptive writing!" Ubrechor, Jun 16, #1. CAROLINE J. THIBEAUX likes this.

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The primary purpose of descriptive writing is to describe a person, place or thing in such a way that a picture is formed in the reader's mind. Capturing an event through descriptive writing involves paying close attention to the details by using all of your five senses. Teaching students to write more descriptively will improve their writing by making it more interesting and. Keep in mind, the most important watchword of writing a descriptive essay is show, don’t tell. One of the best ways to show is to involve all of the senses—not just .

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Jun 04,  · How to Write a Descriptive Essay. A descriptive essay should create a vivid picture of the topic in the reader's mind. You may need to write a descriptive essay for a class assignment or decide to write one as a fun writing challenge%(). Descriptive Essay Writing Topics Content of this article List of topics Download all topics Useful tool Tips on descriptive essay writing Samples First Second Students think that the descriptive essays are the easiest essays that could be given as a home task. Ideas for Descriptive Essay. Descriptive essay topic list. Best place for.