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Chapter 15. Picture This: Description > Color My World - Pg. 170

Picture This: Description 170 Word Watch Descriptive writing uses vivid images to illustrate a specific experience, person, or place. You can use descriptive writing in the following ways: · To make scenes realistic and memorable · To help readers experience an emotion · To share your feelings more clearly Write Angles Descriptive writing is more than scattering a few adjectives and adverbs like rice at a wedding. Rather, it means using vivid words and images to convey meaning. · To bring characters to life · To convey key ideas, especially complex ones · To help readers feel like they're on the scene So Write, Already Follow these guidelines when you write descriptive pieces: 1. Start by deciding on a method of organization. Spatial organization, for example, works espe- cially well if your details are mainly visual. If you're describing an incident, consider chronolog- ical order. Then select a point of view, the vantage point from which you will relate events or details. Clearly identify the subject (no guessing games, please). Use details to create a strong mood or feeling about the subject. As you write, draw on all five senses: sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell. Consider including figures of speech, those imaginative comparisons that evoke feelings in your readers. Figures of speech (or figurative language) is covered later in this chapter. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.