You can describe a feeling, a sound, or even an emotion.
Descriptive essays are just the same: they help you illustrate something in a way that your reader can see, feel, or hear whatever it is you're talking about.
As you can see, similes and metaphors are another tool to help make your descriptions more vivid.
They paint a more detailed picture for your reader, making it easier for them to understand what you're saying, not to mention more interesting, because you are showing them what you have in your mind's eye, rather than just telling them.
The smell of salt air and a warm afternoon wafted through the sky.
Slowly, I awoke from my slumber, cuddled in a hammock that surrounded me like a cocoon.
After that, you describe the details: his new crisp, white, pearl snap shirt, his blue jeans tucked into cowboy boots, adorned up top with his signature belt buckle, and so on.
By organizing your essay in this order, your reader not only understands what Big Tex looks like, but they are able to visualize the entire scene as well.
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