A descriptive paragraph allows writers to pick one element -- such as a person, room or scenic locale -- and explain in detail how the subject looks. Your aim in this type of writing is to paint a picture with words for the reader. You can follow a simple recipe for writing a well-developed and focused descriptive paragraph. This will require you to concentrate on staying on topic and doing some brainstorming.

Step 1

Take some time to think about a simple element that you want to describe. Be sure to think of some adjectives that best describe your element.

Step 2

Develop ideas for possible topic sentences. Your topic sentence should sum up the information you're going to convey to readers. Include an adjective that describes your topic in the topic sentences you're considering.

Step 3

Come up with bold phrases that describe your topic. These should flow from the adjectives you thought about in Step 1. Then use these phrases to create several sentences that will be used to support your topic sentence in the body of the paragraph. Paint a picture with words for the reader, making reference to the five senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste) as you write your sentences and make comparisons for the reader.

Step 4

Organize your sentences in a logical manner that flows well for the reader. In addition, provide transitions between sentences where possible.

Step 5

Settle on all the details that will go into the topic sentence and provide a closing paragraph that restates the topic sentence using different wording and sums up supporting facts.

Step 6

Always be sure to edit the final draft for clarity and content, and be sure to proofread for any grammatical and mechanical errors within your sentence structure.