English descriptive essay writing tips

Tips for descriptive essay writing:
Writing about an experience in a wood or forest.
When you are writing a paragraph or an essay, you need to think about the context. Clues about country, region, season, weather and mood help to situate the reader or examiner in the location.He or she is invited to journey with you through your experience. If you are describing a place, you should put across why you found yourself in that place in the first place. Are you on an expedition? Are you lost? Had you been planning to take a short cut through the woods? What can you see, hear etc? You are looking at what appeals to the senses: taste, touch etc. Are stinging nettles scratching at your feet? What are the sensations and/ or memories that the place evokes? How do you feel? Petrified? delighted?
Don’t forget to use imagery and linguistic devices in your writing. Similes and metaphors can be useful tools:
‘The region of Midi-Pyrénéees lies like a flat book between the Massif Central and the Pyrénéees themselves’. ( AA Publishing p.206 Secret France )
Bookmark any good educational blogs you come across. Use the insights offered by savvy writers.
Go through the vocabulary given in this very useful link to help you write about a forest.

Remember to use adjectives, adverbs; imagery; correct punctuation and spelling for a better grade in your descriptive essay!

Remember to use adjectives, adverbs; imagery; correct punctuation and spelling for a better grade in your descriptive essay!

What else could you have added?
A good writer will invariably have been a good reader. Make it a point to understand why a good description-in a book you have enjoyed-works.
My favourite description of the woods is Bill Bryson’s ‘A Walk in the Woods’ Chapter 4, page 57:
‘Woods are not like other spaces. To begin with, they are cubic. Their trees surround you, loom over you, press in from all sides. Woods choke off views and leave you muddled and without bearings. They make you feel small and confused and vulnerable, like a small child lost in a crowd of strange legs. Stand in a desert or prairie and you know you are in a big space. Stand in the woods and you only sense it. They are a vast, featureless nowhere. And they are alive.
So woods are spooky.’
You may want to do more research to get a feel for different environments. Let what you are studying in Geography, History or other subjects inform your English:
Go back to basics:
Make sure you know the difference between ‘It’s’ and ‘its’:http://its-not-its.info/
Look up my poem ‘One Beat’ in my book by the same name: http://www.blurb.co.uk/books/3143155-one-beat
Next to the poem, you will see an exercise on it’s(relating to the contractions of ‘it has’ or ‘it is’ as opposed to the possessive pronoun’its’).
Work on the exercise and check it by re-reading the poem. Other web-sites also offer useful exercises:
Read through punctuation notes on various grammar sites. If necessary, go back to basic grammar sites even if they look too easy:
Do keep grammar and punctuation in mind when writing essays.


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I am Anglo Maltese and live in Surrey with my husband and son. I have been teaching languages for almost 30 years. Having been trained in Anthropology, I have social issues at heart. When I was nearing 50, I wished to use my talents to make money for charity. I have created 50 photo-poems which will be featuring on this site. If you wish to encourage my effort, please give a small donation to ShelterBox http://www.justgiving.com/user/23773460 after reading my poems. Many people are out there actually tackling the world's problems. We may not be able to join them but every little helps.Thanks a million! Angie
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