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Avoid long introductions and lengthy descriptions especially at the beginning of your answers.
First decide what you want to describe. Just because it is a descriptive paper, does
not imply that every aspect of the topic has to be expressed in great details.
Choose one part of the topic and stick to describing it vividly.
Purpose of description
Keep the purpose of your answer in your mind when you are writing your answer.
What should you include?
Remember that a descriptive essay is all about the explanation and depiction of
the person or event or object that you’ve chosen to describe.
Drafting your answer
Make an outline of all the aspects you want to take into consideration and try to
jot down what details you should include to ensure that you have a brilliant
description that will leave an impression on the reader.
Avoid unnecessary description
Ensure that you do not go overboard with describing each and every portion of
the essay. Limit your description to what you’ve decided will be the focus of the
Clarify why the topic you have chosen is important
After you have chosen what topic you want to write on, question yourself, why
you have chosen it and why it is important.
Appeal to reader
Your answers should be written in such a manner that it should appeal to the
senses of the reader. Use simple yet apt words which could easily be understood.
You can use your personal experiences too.
Try to use original ideas especially for your essays. Facts and figures are less
important in a Descriptive Paper.
Present the Ideas systematically
Always try to be organized with your answer. Proceed step by step.
Descriptive English Paper consists of the following:
(1) Précis Writing
(2) Letter Writing
We would describe each of the above mentioned topics in detail in the following
Here is a brief note on each of them.
(1) Precise writing - A précis is a shortening, in your own words, of a text of
written work. You are to describe as precisely and briefly as possible the
substance or main ideas contained in a text. A well written précis should be a
serviceable substitute for the original work. The goal is to preserve
The core essence of the work in a manner that is both clear and concise.
(2) Letter writing – It is a technique as well as a mode of communication. Letters
are generally of two types – formal and informal. In formal letters,
correspondence is made officially, or to business. Informal letters are generally
the ones which we write to our friends or someone whom we know personally.
(3) Composition/ Essays – It is a short literary composition on a single subject,
usually presenting the personal view of the author. An essay should be so
constructed that it gives a meaningful impression to the reader. Essays can be
written in various styles but the crux should be effective and capturing.