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Once you have chosen your topic, draw five columns on a piece of paper or a word document on your computer. You can then use these notes in your essay. Part 1 Quiz True or False: Essays have to be about real things, events, or people. Outline the essay in sections. Organize the essay by creating a brief outline. Do this in sections: The standard is to have a five paragraph essay, one paragraph for introduction, three paragraphs for body, and one for conclusion. But you can also try having sections instead, allowing you to have as many paragraphs as you want for the body section of the essay.

Create a thesis statement. A thesis statement is the key idea or theme for the essay. It states the purpose of the essay and acts as a guide for the rest of the essay.

The thesis statement should appear in your introduction and be restated in your conclusion. Write a strong introduction. The introduction to the descriptive essay should set the scene and introduce the reader to the subject. Use the list of sensory details to describe the subject. Then, end the introduction with your thesis statement. She is a fierce protector and a mysterious woman to my sisters and I. Describe the topic with vivid adjectives.

Use adjectives that express emotion. Be as specific as you can. Use metaphors and similes. Metaphors are when you compare one thing to another. Use metaphors to show the reader what you think about the topic, rather than simply tell the reader how you feel.

Discuss your emotions and thoughts about the topic. Do not be afraid to express your emotions in your essay. Do you feel joy, sadness, angry, or disgust with the subject? How do you respond emotionally to the subject?

Wrap up the essay with a strong conclusion. Your conclusion should tie all the thoughts in your essay together. Restate your thesis statement in the conclusion and end with a strong final sentence. Do not add anything new to your essay in the conclusion. Simply evaluate your thoughts in the essay and wrap things up with a short, final statement. Part 2 Quiz Which of the following is a metaphor?

My mom sacrificed a lot for us. My mother is like a fierce warrior in battle. My mother is a workhorse. Read the essay out loud. Once you have completed a draft of the essay, read it aloud to yourself.

Listen for any awkward or unclear sentences. Circle these sentences so you can revise them later. Ask them to let you know if there are any unclear or vague sentences in the essay. Show the essay to others. Show the draft to peers, teachers, family members, and mentors. 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. Browse Articles By Category Browse an area of study or degree level. Write Right Learn Writing in the Blogosphere: Top 10 Writing Blogs Break that Block: Education and Career Roadmap Medical Doctor: You are viewing lesson Lesson 10 in chapter 12 of the course:.

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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. That is their power! One of the most powerful words I know is not itself a power word; it does not itself have the power of the words in your blog, it is instead a word that describes them.

The smell of blood is one thing; the smoky copper scent of blood is entirely another. Those descriptive, nuanced words are words of power. Thank you so much for adding to my store! Jon I cannot thank you enough for this killer list…and everyone else for adding even more! If I could bookmark this more than once, I would! This is such a helpful post, really grateful you shared. I loved reading this post and all of your comments. They were a real source of inspiration and a great learning opportunity, as English is not my main language.

This is a great way for me to expand my vocabulary and cultivate a more distinguished communication style, so thank you everyone. He could come up with some doozies! But, though similar, copywriting has its own rules and you are setting up to become the next Merriam Webster and Mark Twain of our time.

Thanks for the list Jon. Your list is quite effective. I bookmarked this page for future use while writing new blog posts. This list of words is quite effective and easy to use. Thanks for sharing this list. Jon… you are the most generous person, really!

Sharing so much to ensure others are also successful. Pretty happy with all the word lists I got from your page and comments. So thanks a bunch. I could take each one and write and paragraph around it. Thanks for so many incredible ideas. I have used a list of words for choosing life values or inspiring a passion statement but never thought about words in this context before. Thanks to everyone for your contribution as well. Much food for thought and pen. As someone who has really struggled with my writing, I have found that a thesaurus is truly my strongest asset.

But posts like these are a close second. Some of these are words I know, but I just never think of implementing. This is an amazing article! 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.

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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.