Features of Text Forms
Description (Creative Writing)Purpose
Description is used in all forms of writing to create a vivid impression of a person, place, object or event eg to:
- describe a special place and explain why it is special
- describe the most important person in your life
- describe the animal's habitat in your report
Descriptive writing is usually used to help a writer develop an aspect of their work, eg. to create a particular mood, atmosphere or describe a place so that the reader can create vivid pictures of characters, places, objects etc.
Description is a style of writing which can be useful for a variety of purposes:
- to engage a reader's attention
- to create characters
- to set a mood or create an atmosphere
- to bring writing to life.
- aims to show rather than tell the reader what something/someone is like
- relies on precisely chosen vocabulary with carefully chosen adjectives and adverbs.
- is focused and concentrates only on the aspects that add something to the main purpose of the description.
- sensory description - what is heard, seen, smelt, felt, tasted. Precise use of adjectives, similes, metaphors to create images/pictures in the mind eg Their noses were met with the acrid smell of rotting flesh.
- strong development of the experience that "puts the reader there" focuses on key details, powerful verbs and precise nouns.
- A Travel What? English Online New Zealand unit
- What a Character! English Online New Zealand unit
- asTTle What Next
- Writing a Description
- A Guide to Writing Descriptive Essays
- Show Not Tell Activities
- Knapp, P. & Watkins, M. Context-Text-Grammar (1994) Text Productions.
Descriptions page 56/57.