View Full Version : The Writing Process: Descriptive Writing (place)

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Jun 12, 2007, 01:26 AM
Decriptive writing plays a role in many forms of writing. You see it in stories, in textbooks, and in newpaper articles. You can use the writing process to develop a paragraph that describes a setting of a story.


Suppose you are trying to describe a place to someone who has never seen it. It could be a hidden cave, a hideout in a tree, or even a space station. First, think of some places that you could describe thoroughly. List them.

Places I could describe:

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Now, look over your list. Which place do you think you can describe most vividly? Choose one. Collect and record details about your place.

Place: ________________________

How it looks: _________________________________________________

How it sounds: ________________________________________________

How it smells: _________________________________________________

How it feels: __________________________________________________

Other (size, shape, etc.): __________________________________________________

As a final step in the prewriting stage, organize your ideas. How will you describe this place--from top to bottom? From side to side? Make a choice and record it.

Method of organization: ___________________________________

Major details, in order:

(1) ____________ (2) ___________ (3) ___________ (4) ___________


Refer to your prewriting notes as you write a first draft. Remember, this is the first time to get your ideas down on paper in sentences. This is not a time to worry about getting every word just right.


All writers face the difficult task of reading what they have just written and trying to make it better. Reread your draft carefully. Will it be clear to your readers? Answer the quesions, below, about your draft. If you answer "no" to any of these questions, then those areas might need improvement.

~~Did you keep your audience in mind? Did you include details that will interest them and that they will understand?

~~Did you organize your description in a logical, spatial way?

~~Did you use spatial words to show where things are?

~~Did you use vivid verbs and precise nouns to help readers see the place?

~~Did you use sensory details? To how many of your readers' senses did you appeal?

Rewrite your description. Make changes to improve your message based on the questions you just answered.


Your description shold be in good shape now. The last task is to check it for any remaining errors. It is best to read for one kind of error at a time. Proofread your revision. Use this checklist to help you catch all of the errors.

______ Does each sentence begin with a capital letter?

______ Does each sentence have an appropriate end mark?

______ Are proper nouns (names of people, places, or things) capitalized?

______ Are all words spelled corectly?


Write a final copy of your description. Be careful not to introduce any new errors.