Writing a descriptive essay can be a complicated task. It is easy to be superficial in your description. The problem with not being detailed enough is that your reader can't connect with the people, places and settings you are trying to describe. By using your five senses, you can create a vivid and compelling descriptive essay that will connect the reader to your vision and story.

Envision the surroundings. Describe in detail the setting and characters for your essay. This will be anything that you can actually see. Include items such as color, shape, volume, texture and light. Many of the actions you will describe will probably start with this sense.

Think about what you would hear. This included not only loud obvious sounds, but the little things you take for granted. Consider the sound a piece of paper makes when it is crinkled or torn, or the difference in footsteps when walking slowly or hurried.

Give it some feeling. It is easy to forget to describe the sense of feeling because people focus mainly on what they are actually touching, like a brick wall or a sweater. Feeling descriptions can also include things that touch you, like the rain, someone's breath or intuition.

Sniff around. There are certain smells everywhere you go. You probably associate different smells with people and places. Pay attention and describe what scents and perfumes may be in your environment.

Add anything you might taste. This comes into play mostly when food items are involved, but try to be aware of anything that might tough your lips or tongue too, like the adhesive on a envelope or even a kiss..