Descriptive language appeals to the reader's five senses: taste, touch, sight, smell, and hearing. When used correctly, descriptive words can help the writer entertain, persuade, inform, and educate.
List of Descriptive Words
In order to take away the potential of such a list to become overwhelming, let's first break them down by parts of speech.
When people hear the phrase "descriptive words" they tend to think of adjectives. Adjectives modify nouns to describe their specific characteristics. Remember all adjectives are descriptive words, but not all descriptive words are adjectives.
An adverb is a word or phrase that is used to modify or qualify an adjective, verb, other adverb, or word group. Adverbs can be used to describe concepts such time, place, circumstance, manner, or degree.
A gerund is a word that is derived from a verb, but functions as a noun. In English, gerunds end in -ing. Gerunds can be descriptive words because are often used to describe the actions of an individual.
Using Descriptive Words in Your Writing
Descriptive words help paint a picture in the reader's mind. They can:
- Bring characters to life in a novel or short story
- Sell an item in a product advertisement
- Explain the setting of a news story
- Provide instructions for a DIY project
When it comes to using descriptive words, variety is key. Instead of resorting to the same overused words, challenge yourself to come up with new ways to appeal to your reader's senses. Effective use of descriptive words will paint a vivid picture in your reader's mind and make your manuscript impossible to put down.
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