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Composing A Winning Grand Canyon Descriptive Essay: Tips And Tricks


This assignment could potentially be a lot of fun, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be hard work as well! A descriptive essay, as you might expect, is asking you to describe the subject at hand. The purpose of this type of paper is to show the meaning of the subject through detailed, sensory observation.

Here are my ideas to help you on your way:

  • It is your mission to bring the subject of the Grand Canyon alive. The more your writing can nourish the reader’s senses and make them feel as though they are actually there, the more you will be on to a winner. This type of assignment requires you to use language in its most creative and powerful way. You should try to draw the reader in as much as possible.

  • Before you start a first draft, you should brainstorm the topic and make plenty of notes. Think about everything that is associated with the Grand Canyon and what feelings and thoughts this could evoke in your reader. Make a note of words that could be used to describe each area. The more you plan it, the better it will be.

  • One of the most important rules for any creative writer is: Show. Don’t tell. You need to make the reader feel as though they are actually there, going through the motions with the descriptions in the text. So rather than writing something like: ‘The known history of the Grand Canyon goes back 10,500 years ’ (telling), you would say something like: ‘The Grand Canyon, that famous, vast, deep footprint of Mother Nature, one of the greatest and most awe inspiring natural wonders of the world can be dated back to 10,500 years ago in human history.’

  • Once you know how to write it and what you want to include, you should write a first draft. You’ll find that a lot of the descriptive prose will just come to you as you write, so you should always re-read and re-edit once you are done; and keep doing so until it’s as polished as it can be.

  • A handy tip is to read the paper through the eyes of someone else. Pretend a teacher is reading it, for instance. Does the paper flow as well as you first thought it did? Is your vocabulary original, enticing and informative? Ask yourself such questions as you read it through and you may be surprised at simple things you’ve overlooked and which could be changed for the better.

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