Tricks For Academic Writing

How To Write Great Descriptive Essays: 5 Basic Tips

Writing a descriptive essay can seem like a difficult assignment for students who haven’t had enough practice completing the tasks. But the entire process can be made easier by following a few basic tips that ensure you will get a higher grade than you would if you skipped any one of them:

  1. Planning Your Assignment
  2. It’s always a good idea to first plan your writing assignment before getting down to it. This includes rereading your assignment, crafting topic ideas, brainstorming arguments and creating an outline. Ideally, you should start your planning the day you first receive your essay prompt in order to take advantage of the extra time you can use to put the finishing touches.

  3. Drafting Your Paper
  4. When you start drafting your descriptive essay it’s important that you do so without stopping to make every little mistake you make. Professional writers will tell you that the best first drafts are written quickly and efficiently. You’re likely to write a lot more content than you need for your essay. This is okay as long as you get all of your ideas down.

  5. Revising Your Paper
  6. After you have written your first draft you should set it aside for a few hours or even a day before to ensure that you are looking at your paper with a fresh set of eyes. The more distance you give yourself between drafts the more you will be able to find ways to rearrange and reorganize your paper for greater effect. Remember to use this stage to cut out or rewrite multiple sentence if your essay will be improved.

  7. Editing Your Paper
  8. When you edit your essay you should look for ways to improve it by checking for sentence syntax and word choice. Remember that most readers will not want to be distracted by complicated sentences or word choice. Don’t use long multi-syllable words when a simple and commonly used word will do the trick in getting your point across more accurately and efficiently.

  9. Proofing Your Paper
  10. The last tip for you to follow is to conduct a full proofread of your entire paper. Look for the smallest errors, including grammar mistakes, spelling, mistakes and mistakes to punctuation. Additionally, be sure all of your margins are even, each paragraph start is indented and that you have even line spacing throughout. Any little mistake can cost you a grade.

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