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What Is Descriptive Writing?

There are many different kinds of writing, descriptive writing being one of them. Pretty much everything I found on descriptive writing talked about essay writing or academic writing.

Descriptive writing is important for any kind of writing, but we’ll stick to creative writing for now.

What Is Descriptive Writing?

What is descriptive writing?

Descriptive writing is when you give a clear and vivid description of a person, place, or thing in your writing. It can be in separate paragraphs and sentences or woven into the narration. Descriptive writing is supposed to help the readers visualize everything as though they’re in the story themselves.

How can you use descriptive writing?

There are many different clever ways you can weave descriptive writing into your story.

Figurative Language

Used to show imagery, figurative language uses metaphors, similes, personification, etc. Pretty much the basics of the English language that you learned about in school. These can be used to describe people and places. Comparing and making connections from one thing to the next as well as adding a little more depth to objects (personification, for example).


It can be spewed out in blocks of paragraphs or it can be woven into the narration. The narration, in my opinion, is the way to go. Sometimes it can look like info-dumping if you go on too long with certain description. It can be tricky, but you want the description to flow nicely in between everything else.


Readers and writers alike all have something in common and that’s our five senses. For the most part, we can all see, hear, touch, taste, and smell, or have some sort of combination of those five senses. Using the five senses in our writing adds more depth to the story rather than just ink sitting on the surface of a page. It doesn’t help to use them all at once all the time, but it still adds that little extra to the story.

But we’ll touch upon that more throughout the month.

How do you add the description into your novels? Let me know in the comments below!

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

24 thoughts on “What Is Descriptive Writing?

      1. I didn’t say it was easy, but it is easier if you have experience. I have to remind myself to take my shoes off before I try. Something akin to empathy, putting your head in their space rather than trying to just say the right words. 😇

  1. I try to make it easy for my readers to visualize what I’m describing by using common words and things almost everyone should be able to recognize. If it’s something I’m not too familiar with I reach out to family or friends for tips. In fact, even if I’m familiar with the item I might ask some other people to describe said item to me that way all of my discriptions have a bit more and don’t sound too similar.

    Discriptions used to be one of my weaker traits when I started writing many years ago! I always thought, “Eh, they’ll get it.” Bad, bad writer. Ha ha.

    1. You know, having someone else describe it is probably better than you looking up synonyms. Otherwise, you may sound like a robot or something, lol.

      I’m still bad at the description, lol. It’s my weaker writing trait as well. I’ve slowly gotten better over the years though.

  2. Very helpful blog. I struggle at times with adjectivitis and sometimes put too much emphasis on my descriptions. I often depend on the dictionary or a thesaurus to find the exact word that fits the tone I wish to convey overall in my blogs.

    1. Thanks!
      I know what you mean though. I struggle with description so I sometimes spend too much time trying to make it sound better, if that makes any sense, lol.

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