Purpose Description is used in all forms of writing to create a vivid impression of a person, place, object or event e.g. to: describe a special place and explain why it is special describe the most important person in your life describe the animal's habitat in your report Descriptive writing is usually used to help a writer develop an aspect of their work, e.g. to create a particular mood, atmosphere or describe a place so that the reader can create vivid pictures of characters, places, objects etc.
Features Description is a style of writing which can be useful for a variety of purposes: to engage a reader's attention to create characters to set a mood or create an atmosphere to bring writing to life.
Language aims to show rather than tell the reader what something/someone is like relies on precisely chosen vocabulary with carefully chosen adjectives and adverbs. is focused and concentrates only on the aspects that add something to the main purpose of the description. sensory description - what is heard, seen, smelt, felt, tasted. Precise use of adjectives, similes, metaphors to create images/pictures in the mind e.g. their noses were met with the acrid smell of rotting flesh. strong development of the experience that "puts the reader there" focuses on key details, powerful verbs and precise nouns.