37 Descriptive Writing Prompts

Descriptions are what make books worth reading, movies worth watching, and adds so much life into stories and cultures around the world.

Adding description helps readers get more involved with your writing and better feel the emotions you are portraying. So let’s dive in!

How to use:

These prompts are aimed to get you writing with descriptive words instead of reaching a specific word count.

Really feel what you are writing and explain every part of it that you can.

You can use flowery language and as many adjectives as you want!

There is no wrong way to use these prompts, just remember to include as much detail as you can.

The prompts:

  1. Write about the first memory that you have. Where were you, and what were you doing?
  2. Describe a family member in detail. What is their personality like? How do they dress?
  3. Write about your first pet. If you have never had a pet, invent one.
  4. Do you think description is important when it comes to writing?
  5. Describe your best friend. How did you meet? What do they look like?
  6. Describe yourself. What are you like first thing in the morning?
  7. Describe your bed. What color are your sheets and blankets? How many pillows do you have?
  8. Write about a memorable time at the amusement park. If you haven’t been, make up a story.
  9. Describe your favorite food in detail. How is it made?
  10. Describe your perfect day. Include the weather, what you wear, and what activities you choose.
  11. Describe your favorite video game and why you love it. If you don’t have one, choose your favorite movie.
  12. Write about your favorite outfit. Make sure to include every part of the outfit, including colors!
  13. Describe your least favorite meal. Make sure to include the ingredients as well as why it’s your least favorite.
  14. Describe your favorite drink. Is it hot or cold? What color is it?
  15. How would you describe a rainy day? To include as much detail as possible, think of your five senses and write something for each.
  16. How would you describe a perfect piece of pizza? Be sure to include the toppings and where you got it from.
  17. Write about a day at the beach using all five senses to add descriptive detail.
  18. How would you describe Thanksgiving to an alien? Make sure to discuss food and festivities in detail.
  19. Write a descriptive paragraph about your favorite dessert. How does it taste?
  20. Describe your typical day of school or work.
  21. Write about a trip to the zoo and describe what you see and hear.
  22. Write about your favorite color and things that are that color.
  23. How would you describe a field of grass?
  24. Pick your favorite teacher and describe them.
  25. Describe what it is like on a sunny day using all of your senses.
  26. Use descriptive words to tell someone what a sunset is.
  27. Use descriptive words to explain a sunrise.
  28. What is something that makes you happy? Describe it.
  29. Describe what it is like to feel sleepy.
  30. Describe how music makes you feel, and what type of music you listen to.
  31. Describe your own face and what makes you unique.
  32. Describe your favorite accessory and where you would wear it.
  33. Pick a classmate and describe their best qualities.
  34. What do you think the future will be like? Use as many adjectives as you can.
  35. Imagine that you wake up in the hospital. Describe what you do when you open your eyes.
  36. Describe your ideal snow day.
  37. Describe your typical trip to the grocery store with as much detail as possible.

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