Think Before You Begin

Topic Selection

If you have not been given a topic, select one you know very well and can connect to by using your senses. Make sure that you can show the reader what you’re describing so that he or she may actively experience it rather than just being told about it.

Writing for Your Audience

Are you describing a place they are familiar with? Can your readers identify with the sensory details you’re providing? Are you able to paint a picture with words for your audience? Are you overwhelming them with too much detail?

Prewriting Techniques

Which prewriting techniques may help you write your essay? Do you want to use a prewriting technique to write your essay, or do you want to start with a rough draft? Brainstorming may help you identify the five different senses, which you can then use as headings.

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