Writers can use descriptive writing in an essay by crafting a dominant impression, adding sensory details and implementing vivid language. Variances in sentence structure are also a useful descriptive technique to use in essay writing.
To create a dominant impression, the writer selects a mood or feeling to create throughout the essay. The writer can add sensory details to further illustrate the impression. Details should focus on the sensory impact of the writing, including sight, taste, smell, sound and touch, to make the image come alive for the reader. Vivid language use should include action verbs and clear, precise adjectives. Sentences may vary in length as well as structure in descriptive writing.