Revising Descriptive Writing

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Published on September 20, 2007

Author: sheehy

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Once you've written a descriptive writing piece that is vivid, emotive, and tangible, you can strengthen it by following these three tips.

Revising Descriptive Writing: What to look for English 11

#1: to Consider Eliminate your “I feel, I saw, I hear” statements They suck the life from the potentially vivid imagery. Avoid : I heard birds chirping all around me. Better : All around me, birds chirped.

Eliminate your “I feel, I saw, I hear” statements

They suck the life from the potentially vivid imagery.

Avoid : I heard birds chirping all around me.

Better : All around me, birds chirped.

More examples Avoid : I feel the cool breeze tickle my arm. Better : The cool breeze tickles my arm. Avoid : As soon as I stepped into the room, I saw six rabbits. Better : As soon as I stepped into the room, six rabbits hopped before me. I made the rabbits do something rather than have them simply exist.

Avoid : I feel the cool breeze tickle my arm.

Better : The cool breeze tickles my arm.

Avoid : As soon as I stepped into the room, I saw six rabbits.

Better : As soon as I stepped into the room, six rabbits hopped before me.

I made the rabbits do something rather than have them simply exist.

#2: to consider Keep your tenses the same Tense: past, present, future Avoid : The bird chirped and the breeze tickles my arm. Better : The bird chirps and the breeze tickles my arm.

Keep your tenses the same

Tense: past, present, future

Avoid : The bird chirped and the breeze tickles my arm.

Better : The bird chirps and the breeze tickles my arm.

#3: to Consider - ing’s cannot stand alone in a sentence They need a main verb to carry them. Technically, it’s a gerund or participle in need of a main verb. Avoid : Branches gently swaying. Better : The branches gently swayed.

- ing’s cannot stand alone in a sentence

They need a main verb to carry them.

Technically, it’s a gerund or participle in need of a main verb.

Avoid : Branches gently swaying.

Better : The branches gently swayed.

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