Descriptive Writing: Reader

Descriptive Writing: Reader

Understanding Your Reader

  • Remember your audience is the examiner. Make sure your piece is easy to read, understand and appreciate.
  • Aim to connect with the reader emotionally as well as intellectually. The reader should be engaged and moved by your writing.
  • Think about what the reader knows at the start of the description, and how this changes as the piece progresses.

Maintaining Interest

  • Balance familiar settings or characters with something unexpected or unusual to intrigue the reader.
  • Aim to create vivid visuals which the reader can imagine easily. This immerses them in your world and encourages them to continue reading.
  • Think of each paragraph as a mini-story, with its own beginning, middle and end. This keeps the reader hooked from one section to the next.

Using Vocabulary

  • Try to expand your vocabulary. This allows you to express yourself more effectively and impresses the reader.
  • Pay attention to the connotations of words. This often helps add depth to your description.
  • Avoiding clichés and well-worn phrases helps ensure your writing is original and interesting. However, sometimes an apt cliché can get your point across succinctly if used sparingly.

Empowering the Reader

  • Aim to suggest, rather than spell out, the morale or theme of your description. The reader should be able to figure it out from your hints.
  • Let the reader draw their own conclusions from the actions of your characters or the changes in your settings. Provide the necessary details, but avoid dictating their reactions.
  • Give the reader an opportunity to infer information rather than supplying everything explicitly. This helps the reader feel more involved with the piece.