Descriptive essay writing guidelines: how to create a solid conclusion

The first step to writing a great descriptive essay is understand what a descriptive essay should be and should accomplish. It is more or less what it sounds like: the goal is to describe something, either a thing, a place, an event, or even an action, in detail and in a way that allows your reader to see it in a new way. There are three basic parts to any paper: the introduction, the body, and the conclusion. Each are equally important, but often times the conclusion can be the most difficult to write. Where your introduction can be used to introduce your reader to the object, present any necessary background information, and set the done of the paper, and the body will describe the subject in detail, its hard to know exactly what the conclusion should accomplish.

Follow these tips and ideas for writing a solid conclusion to your descriptive essay:

  • Try not to just sum up the rest of your paper
  • In some kinds of papers it is appropriate to just sum up the rest of the paper in the conclusion. But in a descriptive paper there’s no point, unless it is going to help your reader understand the subject or see it differently than the first description did.

  • Use your conclusion to turn your paper on its head and surprise your reader
  • One interesting strategy for a descriptive paper is to surprise your reader at the end. Perhaps they think that you are describing one object the whole time, but then at the end you reveal that you were actually describing something else. You’ve probably seen photographs that look like one thing but then they zoom out and it turns out its actually something completely different. Obviously you have to find two subjects that have enough similarities, or that can be seen differently from different perspectives for this to work. But it is a great way to utilize your conclusion to really do accomplish something wonderful in your paper, make it creative, and make it unexpected.

  • Make an interesting point about the subject
  • Say you are describing a place in nature in your paper, after you’ve described it in detail and made your reader really see how beautiful or special it is, you could use your conclusion to explain that it is being threatened, or that it’s now a strip mall or housing development. This is another strategy of surprise for the conclusion.

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