To write an imaginative essay, students should provide sharp, clear details using descriptive language to help readers visualize events, people, objects or emotions. Writing and revising multiple drafts allows students to add additional details and descriptions to enhance the reader's experience.
- Create a brief description
Brainstorm ideas for the essay by creating a brief description of the central object, person, event or emotion. List key details that readers should know so they better understand the tone, context and overall points of the essay. Create a time line in which to tell the story.
- Create an essay outline
Create an outline of the essay by expanding on initial ideas, key details and descriptions. List three or four ideas for each paragraph. This outline helps to keep the essay flowing in a logical order, which can prevent reader confusion.
- Write the first draft
Use the outline to write the first draft. Describe in added detail the colors, smells, textures, emotions, sounds and other details that can help readers create a visual image of what's on the page.
- Revise the first draft
Review the first draft to ensure a proper flow, making sure the essay is easy for readers to understand. Revise the essay by adding more details, if necessary. Rewrite awkward sentences, and correct grammar or punctuation mistakes.