Descriptive Writing Skills
Concept: Using Adjectives and WH words
- The main usage of descriptive writing is to explain a person, place or thing in a way that the reader can visualize it in his or her mind.
- Good descriptive writing includes different sensory details that talk about a picture. It tells about all senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste.
Descriptive Writing using Adjectives
- Use adjectives and nouns and strong action verbs to give life to the story.
When describing a person, you might begin with a physical description,
followed by how that person thinks, feels, and acts.
A bird is sitting on the tree
After adding the adjectives:
A tiny and beautiful bird is sitting on the tree.
Descriptive Writing using WH Words
Another way to stretch a sentence is by using WH words, which will help in adding more details to the sentence. Let’s understand it better with the help of an example.
She is eating.
a) What is she eating? ------> She is eating pasta.
b) How is she eating? -----> She is eating pasta with a fork.
So, the final sentence would be:
She is eating pasta with a fork.
Now, the sentence is stretched.
- Use how much and how many only before nouns.
I can’t believe how lazy she is.
I can’t believe how much lazy she is.
With adjectives only ‘how’ is used.
How heavy is the luggage?
How lazy this girl is?
When talking about long distances in general, we can mention ‘far away’
from or ‘far from’.
My home is several miles far from here.
My home is several miles away from here.
When speaking about a specific distance, we can use ‘from’ or ‘away
My home is several miles from here.
When you are asking a question, you can say, “How far…?”. However, we
don’t use the word “far” when giving an answer with regards to a
a) Question: How far is the nearest metro station?
b) Answer: It’s about a kilometre away.
c) Question: How far is the police station from here?
d) Answer: It is about 10 miles away - you should take a bus from here.
- When speaking about a specific distance, we can use ‘from’ or ‘away from’.
Use “far” in the answer when speaking in general.
It’s not that far. (This means it is a short distance away)
It’s very/ pretty/quite far. (This means it’s a long distance away)