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Ask them if they think the essay is descriptive and full of sensory detail. Have them tell you if they got a clear picture of the subject by the end of the essay. This will only make your essay stronger. Revise the essay for clarity and length. Go through the essay and remove any sentences that do not feel necessary to the paper.

Replace any weak adjectives with strong adjectives. Make sure your descriptions of the subject are clear and easy to follow. Add more detail to the paper or take unnecessary content out to reach the word count. Part 3 Quiz Why is it important to accept constructive criticism? Because constructive criticism will help you create a clearer picture of your subject Exactly! Because it is important to have a thick skin Definitely not!

How can I write a descriptive essay about myself in words or more? Start with your name, age, and where in the world you live. Next, describe your appearance, from head to toe. Then describe three things you like about your life, and three things you don't like and want to change. There's you on the page. Not Helpful 16 Helpful An outline of an essay is a skeletal structure or rough plan where you include bullet points for each main point you plan to write about.

Not Helpful 14 Helpful This in itself is too broad of a subject. Pick something about artificial intelligence to write about. In other words, narrow the topic down to something more specific to write about. The more specific, the better. Not Helpful 8 Helpful The answer is always in the question. However, in any essay question, descriptive writing is always a necessity, it just depends on proportions.

Not Helpful 18 Helpful Do you have any suggestions for writing a sentence in a pleasant way? Be cheerful and positive. Think pleasant thoughts and you will write pleasant words. Not Helpful 15 Helpful How can I identify a descriptive essay question? Could you give some examples? A descriptive essay question might be something like, "Describe the place you enjoy the most," or "What type of place do you enjoy the most. Not Helpful 3 Helpful Technically, they are not. While narrative essays tell a story, descriptive essay is required to give a detailed description of a person, place, things or an event.

However, to have a good narrative, you must do some description. But in the sense of purpose and execution, narrative and descriptive writing differ. Not Helpful 7 Helpful Observe people at the beach and record their behavior. Then report on it in your essay. Not Helpful 29 Helpful Marvel's subject resurgence in popular culture launched verb with the creation of opinion the Cinematic Universe storylines, strong actors to portray superheroes, and directors dedicated to the original comics That would mean writing with the second person pronoun, which isn't customary.

The question is "Will you achieve the desired effect? There should be a reason why you use that pronoun, if you choose to. Not Helpful 8 Helpful 8. How can I write a descriptive essay about meeting a famous person? Answer this question Flag as Give introduction to save fuel for better environment? How do I write about a mall descriptively? Does he sport a watch or a Rolex? Using specific nouns and verbs is also a very efficient way of conveying your story. Sometimes replacing a single word with one that's more specific can tell the reader as much about a character than an entire paragraph of lame prose.

As you might guess, there's probably no limit to the number of specific details you could build into a passage of descriptive writing. So you must be selective. Too many details can slow the action, and if they aren't of vital importance to the story, they can become boring.

On the other hand, a few telling details inserted in the middle of the action can paint a rich picture for the reader without slowing things down. The next time one of your chapters seems a little bland, try replacing some general words with specific details.

You may be amazed how much power they contain. I am writing about a immortal character who lives around years and keeps journals of his life how far can I skip in time through out his. Can you use the confession of a thief, for example, as a way to answer some questions that the reader might have?

Now that I understand how a novel is structured, I will rewrite mine, confident that it will be a more interesting novel. Thanks to you, I'm not ashamed of the poor organization of my writing.

It has helped me in so many ways, and has given me more confidence about myself and my work. Thank you for making this valuable resource, for me and my fellow writers. Perhaps you'll hear about me someday I'll owe it to you. Thank you for making this available. Yes, it is a bit complex, and it does take time, but I love it because it works. It is a plethora of knowledge, written in a simplistic way to help aspiring writers. I truly appreciate all of the information you have provided to help me successfully relative term write my novel.

Thank you very much! You manage to answer complex questions in relatively short articles and with really intelligent answers. Thanks for sharing these with us. So many good words now to learn how to put the story together.

Thanks Jon once again for sharing. Since you asked us for our contributions, here are a few suggestions that might make your list. My apologies in advance if you already mentioned them:. 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:.

This list is awesome! I know I could use more for sure. I use your headline hacks and they are amazing. I like the words suggested in the comments and will keep coming back for more! More great advice from the inimitable Jon Morrow! I appreciate the way you have expanded our vocabularies with this post! At the same time, I will proceed with caution. The main takeaway for me is about enriching my vocabulary.

Thanks for the kick in the right place! If you think about it, pretty much all writers manipulate the emotions of their readers. The key is doing it in a way your readers like and enjoy. That takes careful study and a lot of thought.

Combination of lust and forbidden fruit there. Thanks for the inspiration, Sophie! See what you started??!!! I love this post. It along with your 52 Headline Hacks have given me a boatload of ideas for my content. Your Royal Awesomeness — thank you for the awesome resource.

I am super excited to get your mind-blowing list of wondrous power words. The post was an eye opener and such a bargain considering all you want in return is an endorsed share. Did I over do what I learned from your post?

Are their statues and other symbols for worshiping in your online store. I need many to adorn my home and to spread across the land to start a Morrow cult. No need for purple Kool-Aid, just meditations where we read your posts and reach higher states of writing consciousness and eventually writing nirvana.

The only problem is how to keep this resource handy? Gloomy, shadowy, glittering, sparkling, creepy, rotten, moldy, spicy, gritty, drab, roaring, squeaky. The only thing missing is a group of words that create FUD Fear, uncertainty and doubt. Actually I was thinking of writing one along the same lines.

There is so much content out there we have to grab the readers attention. Graphic, descriptive phrasing is a way to take them by the throat and force feed them what they need. Or am I, in my imbecility, losing, missing, dropping, overlooking something here?

I love you truly, Jon. But please clarify… and tell us, what in this post is truly new? A list of powerful words that give much more impression when you used it. Thanks John for sharing. Dear Jon, Thank you very much for your lists of powerful words. You are very kind to share them with us, your readers. Great list of words Jon. A good resource to get the creative juices flowing in telling a story and getting a point across. A generous post and resource thank you Jon. 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. Thinking about recent sessions these come to mind: Now if I can just hold on to them as move from my arm chair to my desk and write! Thanks Jon, I am going to love putting these words into use. I think I will even use the ones others have listed. Funny about the timing of this post.

I have a short memory, so if some of these I present to you are already lists above, I apologize in advance. I use your headline hacks PDF all the time. In fact, I have officially made it is mandatory reading for all new members of my team.

Now the lists in these posts are the perfect supplement to help me and my team take our copy-writing to the next level. I do know that the power words can make a big difference. Now have it printed and good to go with more of your great help from you. Glad my parents, in what I presume was a back-to-the-future move ahead of its time, got hold of your advice just in time for me … lol. The truth is Jon pretty much came up with that one, with his blogging class I took.

It sure is paying off for me. What can i say, Jon is good with the words. Thanks again and hope you have a great day or evening. Your headings are irresistible! I challenge the young and inexperienced to stay away…lol! Jon, a great post! Tony Robbins also refers to power words.

I never thought of it that way before. Maybe having worked in the corporate world, authentic seems more audacious to me. Now, I am going to have to change the tagline for my site. I love the concept of juxtaposition and confluence. Other words I love are those that convey a transitory magical feeling — elusive, evanescent, fleeting. These are delightful would that be a power word? I have a few to add if I may: Re the staggering importance of power words. Now your evil list will quadruple the experience, no doubt about it.

Hence my recession-proof thanks. But I see Your Gifted Awesomeness by now is getting over-powered or disgustingly bored — likely both. So let me hurriedly take quick leave … by crookedly adding the only other intelligent list of power words in my trusted hands is from Tony Robbins [Unleash the Giant Within]. He lists words in two columns: Cannot reproduce it here — whoppingly true — because I only have it as a guaranteed jpg file.

But if anyone wants the bonanza of a copy, just holler and make sure it includes your prized email, and a power word or two: Tony Robbins first gave me insight into the power of this word. Years later, Brian Clark reminded me. This is a really great list. I have been working on improving my writing and this should really help. Thank you for posting this. What an impressive and powerful list of perfectly categorized word groups! Like all those before me, I copied this into a word doc including most of the comment lists for even more reference material!

Thanks for not including curse words. It might work, but it will probably just make someone really angry at you for using it. Jon, I love your article and your list of power words is incredible. I am sure I will be using it all the time. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. Everything we do in life relates to our emotions. What this list of words does is help us to communicate better as writers and capture those emotions from our readers.

I offer my sincere appreciation for this list and will be sure to keep it in a safe place along with sharing this great article. I am a great believer in power words and write and rewrite constantly before posting. Thanks for your list. I will add to mine. I worry about this type of guide as it lacks so much that is fundamental to the craft of good writing, such as pace, tempo and punctuation.

If painting were a metaphor, it would say: Use the colour red. I see so many bloggers applying similar rules while ignoring the power of developing their own style and voice. It is the only way to truly stand out because too many bloggers are taking attention grabbing guides like this to heart.

Go and read any newspaper and then go read their blog. I was surfing a writers website and looked at their guest post submission guidelines. It asked for a degree in communications and posts must be written in AP style. Since when does AP style have to do with blogging? I think too many people along with the so called blogging experts seem to confuse blogging with the writing we were all taught in school.

Two completely different things. He has a very clear understanding of what a blog is and what traditional writing is. If you want to write a better fiction novel, screenplay, business letter or speech, take a college level writing class. If you want to learn how to blog, learn from guys who live it. Writing forms the basis of blogging, as it does journalism, play writing, speech writing and so on. ALL writing, not just blogging. People may believe blogging needs to be shorter and punchier to retain peoples attention, but a word long blog can retain peoples attention if it is WRITTEN well.

Using these so called power words does not make you a better writer. The power of a written piece does not come from individual words, it comes from the context the words are written in; how they relate to other words; sentences; paragraphs and the subject they are describing.

The fact that bloggers can string sentences together is a direct result of that schooling. Without it, blogging would not exist. This list may not touch on everything that makes a good writer, but it specializes in one thing.

Why not take that college level writing class Michael mentioned if you want the rest of the picture? For crying out loud. Some are more than one word: Sick and tired; marked down? 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!

Why do we fail to do what we know to do, especially when someone helps us out gives us the answers? Thanks very much for this post. Ok, maybe that was a tad too dramatic, but I think you understand what I mean. Thanks for the article and thanks to all those that took the time to comment.

This has given me some fresh ideas. I think we should petition Microsoft to add high-lightened power words to synonyms. That way it is easy. It is the lazy me. Jon, I forgot to thank you. This is a lot of hard work and the comments have added more to its value. Thanks for this great work. Much like your former students, I have been looking for this list for years!

Thanks for putting this together and now I will print it out and place it in front of me for reference in all my writing. I have also shared it with our writers so they too can benefit from your Uncensored, Mind-Blowing and Victorious list of power words. Jon, my hat off to you. As a former college teacher of rhetoric a Dale Carnegie instructor and writing coach, I watch people struggle to find the right words to appeal to the right emotion.

Your explanations and lists are concrete, and once again, very helpful. Thanks for being there for us. I am the same blowing my hat off to Jon. He has all the right terms to display his thoughts on emotions and all. Well organized and great post to show. Share for for more of this kind Jon. I write about natural health and food, and I often find myself using the same old words when posting my recipes boooring!!! Thanks for a terrific boost for boring blog posts!

Jon, this post and all these words are awesome! What makes them all so rich and intense is the way they connect us to our feelings; the way they bring us to something in our lives that matters. I used your Headline Hacks with great success and this is now going to build upon that vision to post powerful headlines with even more powerful content. This list is great! Seems like it would be some good words to use in sales pages as well.

Reading some of the comments makes me think some of them missed the point. These words are power words because they evoke an immediate, emotional and visceral response.

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Editing a Descriptive Essay At this point in the writing process, writers proofread and correct errors in grammar and mechanics. It’s also the time to improve style and clarity.

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With good descriptive writing, you can paint a picture of this setting using just a few well-chosen details and leave it up to the reader to complete the picture. That way, everyone can visualize their own version of this setting. Description can be powerful, then. But it’s easy to overdo it and end up with slushy writing.

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Descriptive writing has a unique power and appeal, as it evokes sights, smells, sounds, textures, and tastes. Using description in your writing brings the world within your text to your reader. Creating A Dominant Impression. The first step in using effective description is to focus on a dominant impression. Develop descriptive writing skill through modeling and the sharing of quality literature full of descriptive writing. Include lessons such as the ones listed below throughout the year. Call students' attention to interesting, descriptive word choices in classroom writing. Characteristics of descriptive writing. 1.

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Read descriptive writing examples taken from your favorite authors! Descriptive writing can be challenging, but these examples are sure to help. The Key to Descriptive Writing: Specificity. It is a plethora of knowledge, written in a simplistic way to help aspiring writers. I truly appreciate all of the information you have provided to help me successfully (relative term) write my novel. Thank you very much!" - .