Tips for students: how to write a descriptive essay

Tim Sullivan | Motivation

So, where to start working on the descriptive essay? First of all, as with writing any work, you need to think about the purpose, theme and the main idea of ​​the future text. How to do it, you can read here.

There is a task: to write an descriptive essay. So, you need to describe something. You can describe anything: an object, nature, a person, an animal, a phenomenon, a process, a state, etc. To describe is to answer the question: What? Which subject? What kind of nature? What kind of person? And so on.

Use of the verbs in descriptive essay

Thus, to describe is to enumerate the attributes of an object, nature, person, animal, phenomenon or process, i.e. give a characteristic. Therefore, in essays like a description, there must be many words denoting quality. Surprisingly, in the description texts there can be absolutely no verbs or very few of them. Thus is the difference between descriptions and narrative texts! Why? There is no movement in the descriptions. There is no development of action, no events. The lyrics description and narration differ, like photography and video.

Description is a verbal picture, it gives an idea of ​​the subject, person, phenomenon, etc. The description is created so that the reader “sees” and feels the same as the author saw. If the verbs in the descriptions are used, then only in one form. For example, only in the past tense, or only in the present, or only in the future tense.

Difference of styles of descriptive essay depending on purpose

What are the descriptions? Depending on the purpose of the text, for whom and for what the text is intended, the description can be written in different styles. (Read about the styles of speech in other articles of our blog.) The description can be in the scientific, and official-business style, as well as the description can be found in the journalistic texts.

Scientific descriptions are usually technical characteristics of an object, process or phenomenon. In texts of this type, special terms and specific information must be present. In the scientific, and in the official-business styles of descriptions, the use of expressive means of language is inappropriate, as in artistic texts. By themselves, separately, the texts-descriptions almost never occur. Usually descriptions are used in narrative essays or in reasoning essays of different styles so that the reader or listener can well imagine the hero, the place of action, the phenomenon, the process, etc.

Note that any description always has some purpose. For example, you need to describe a person. Ask the question: for what purpose? If you are doing that in order to tell what kind he is, you will describe his appearance. How to write a descriptive essay of appearance, read in other articles. If the goal is different – to write that he is a very good friend, then you will describe not only the looks, but also his character.

Plan of writing a descriptive essay

First, we should give:

  • general characteristic, a general impression about the subject, person, phenomenon, etc.
  • Separate signs and details.
  • The relation of the author of the text to the described issue.

That’s all for today. Do you still have questions? Ask, do not be shy! In the next articles I plan to tell you how to write a descriptive essay of a literary hero. Maybe you can tell us the topic you are interested in?

Motivation to write a thesis

Tim Sullivan | Motivation

Writing a thesis is sometimes useful from a professional point of view, when, for example, you are engaged in a high-tech business and want to impress customers with the depth, breadth and height of knowledge. But the theme of the procedure for writing a dissertation wanted to be supplemented with a little glance from the other side. Below I will try to briefly describe the main points that should be paid attention when preparing and defending a thesis (primarily the PhD).

  1. First and foremost.
    You must accurately give yourself an answer to the question – why do you personally need a dissertation. This is hard and often unpleasant work that will take several months very intensively. I do not have a lot of statistics, but I would say that out of 10 beginners it is good, if 2 bring things to an end.
  2. Thesis – scientific and qualification work.
    What does it mean – a graduate student should show sufficient qualifications to be considered a scientist? If you read about the initiation rites of the ancient tribes, writing and protecting very, very much remind them. You go through artificially constructed circles of hell to prove that you are worthy.
  3. The choice of the supervisor is important, but not critical.
    He is a critical figure in the first and last stage – when it is determined where to dig, and when it is required to suggest how best to design and protect the finished work. But if you are lucky and the manager is genuinely interested in your work – appreciate it. Do not let his enthusiasm already burn out, regularly show progress.
  4. Measure the contribution and result.
    If you put too little soul into the work, it will be very boring to do. If you invest a lot – you can be disappointed to realize that you do not need much work except you.
  5. One must clearly understand exactly how the thesis is analyzed.
    The thesis in the worst case is read by exactly one person – yourself. In the typical – three more, opponents and supervisor. The Council itself – speeches on the defense to evaluate the work more than enough. But the author’s abstract can already be read by several dozen people. And the introduction into the abstract is already mastered by a hundred.
  6. Boredom kills motivation.

Do not take the topic, where there are practically no works, or very much. In the first case, shovel all the cones of the innovator, in the second – get tired of proving novelty. I highly recommend, if possible, to combine the topic of scientific research with what one way or another must deal with at the main job. Yes, it is very difficult to work and write a thesis at the same time. Yes, at the final stage you will not be able to work at all for 2-3 months because of the additional workload and activities.