As you describe, you create a three-dimensional picture so your reader can experience the item, place, person or emotion along with the reading.
Descriptive essay topics include your favorite place, your bedroom, your best friend, the most unusual object you own, an art exhibit, the best or worst teacher you ever had, your ideal job or dream home.
The skills needed to narrate a story well are not entirely the same as the skills needed to write a good essay.
Some wonderful short fiction writers are not particularly good essayists and vice versa.
Both narrative and descriptive essays should follow essay format with an introductory paragraph, body paragraphs and a concluding paragraph.
At the end of the introduction, place a thesis, a sentence that explains the overall purpose of your paper.
In the following paragraph, taken from George Orwell’s famous anti-imperialist essay, “Shooting an Elephant,” see how the act of shooting the elephant delivers immense emotional impact. Notice, too, another truth about description: when time is fleeting, slow down the prose.
What adjectives would you expect to find in a paragraph about an elephant? See how long the few seconds of the shooting can take in this paragraph.
Still, it is useful to look at those elements that make up a good narrative and know how to apply what we learn toward making our essays as dramatic as possible whenever that is appropriate.
Review, also, the elements of the personal essay, as the personal essay and the narrative essay have much in common.