How to Write a Descriptive Paragraph
Descriptive paragraphs let the
reader touch, taste, see, hear and smell what you are describing. The reader
should feel as if they can see what you are describing clearly. You want to
paint a picture as you write the descriptive paragraph. Here are a few guidelines
to help you write a great descriptive paragraph.
Describe particular smells and tastes in the
paragraph. Use the most descriptive words possible to allow the reader to smell
or taste what you are describing. For example: “The homemade cookies
filled the air with the scent of warm chocolate, and the chocolate morsels
filled your mouth with the taste of cocoa.”
Add the senses of touch and hearing
to your paragraph wherever possible. Describe certain textures and sounds. For
example: “The silk garment felt smooth and fluid over my skin, and it had
the sound of a gentle breeze.”
Use similes and metaphors when you
write your descriptive paragraph. These literary devices strengthen your
paragraph if used properly.
Insert descriptive adjectives to
modify your nouns. Don’t just say “blue ocean.” Describe the actual
colors you see in the ocean. Use more descriptive words such as aquamarine or
indigo to describe the shade.
Try personification to give human
characteristics to inanimate objects. For example: “The tree stood proudly
with her arms stretching toward the sky.”
Be sure to make your paragraph long
enough to give an adequate description. Describe the scene or object in as many
ways as you can, but check that your paragraph is coherent.