A descriptive paper is a research essay that is intended to present an object of interest from various dimensions so that the reader forms a true picture of the object. The item of interest can also be an event. On the part of the writer, creativity and analytical thinking are helpful skills shaping the imaginative picture that is ‘realistically’ perceivable to the reader.
Key among the expectations of a descriptive paper is to paint a detailed mental picture to the reader. Emotions and feelings form a ‘live’ description when imagination is well exercised with creative language. Descriptive writing offers an interface for the writer to communicate their feelings with the would-be reader. Just as an architect produces a virtual home very much like a real one, a descriptive writer creates ‘real’ events and objects using words.
To come up with a descriptive piece of writing, the writer decides on the style of organizing the event scenes and the objects. In chronological plan, the scenes are presented as in harmonious sequence. They can be ordered from the first to the last or vice versa. For instance, a person’s life as described from birth through marriage to death is forward chronology. On the reverse, starting with their adult life and presenting the preceding life stages such teenage and back to birth is referred to as backward chronology. For objects, spatial order arranges them as they relate in the environment described. For example, a church wedding scene would have an excited party cheering the bride and the groom as they exchange rings before a robed priest inside a brightly decorated church. The short description paints the outlook of the environment and placement of objects ie a priest before the church congregation; bridal party in front rows and a big church hall for accommodating a many people
Here is a useful guide to producing quality descriptive writing. Firstly choose the order to organize the objects and scenes. An example was provided in the paragraph above. Secondly, adopt a view to relate the scenes. Thirdly, construct the objects with detailed feelings. In the fourth step, ‘enliven’ the atmosphere with sensory perception. This means describing details that can be mentally tasted, touched, heard or smelt.
Rich imagery is critical to capture emotions of the reader. Use of figurative language that employs irony, sarcasm, metaphor, similes, onomatopoeia is almost indispensable in this undertaking. Enrich the description further with contrasts and comparisons of scenes or objects to evoke feelings in those who read it.
With a key intent at exercising the imagination of the writer, descriptive essays have more liberal instructions compared to other writing. Film scripts and fictional books are example of descriptive writing. In the two examples, the instructions may simply require the writer to only keep a focus on the theme; they choose the characters and scenes to compile film episodes. When it comes to essays, the instructions may require a writer to continue writing a narrative of which a starting or an ending section is provided.
Writers who enjoy literary freedom find descriptive writing a fulfilling adventure. They enjoy the trill of ‘giving life’ to fictional characters. A good number of them have an appreciation for films scripting, fictional books and literature. This does not eliminate writers from other fields. In fact, technology require imagination in modeling prototypes except its expressed in technical writing.