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40 Writing Topics: Description

Writing Suggestions for a Descriptive Paragraph, Essay, or Speech

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40 Writing Topics: Description

James Baldwin, "Notes for a Hypothetical Novel" Nobody Knows My Name (Dial Press, 1961)

Descriptive writing calls for close attention to details. Whether your subject is as small as a strawberry or as large as a football stadium, you should begin by observing your subject closely and deciding which details are most significant.

Forty Topic Suggestions: Description

To help you get started, here are 40 topic suggestions for a descriptive paragraph or essay.

  1. a waiting room
  2. a basketball, baseball glove, or tennis racket
  3. a cell phone
  4. a treasured belonging
  5. a laptop computer
  6. a favorite restaurant
  7. your dream house
  8. your ideal roommate
  9. a closet
  10. your memory of a place that you visited as a child
  11. a locker
  12. an accident scene
  13. a city bus or subway train
  14. an unusual room
  15. a child's secret hiding place
  16. a bowl of fruit
  17. an item left too long in your refrigerator
  18. backstage during a play or a concert
  19. a vase of flowers
  20. a rest room in a service station
  21. a street that leads to your home or school
  22. your favorite food
  23. the inside of a spaceship
  24. the scene at a concert or athletic event
  25. an art exhibit
  26. an ideal apartment
  27. your old neighborhood
  28. a small town cemetery
  29. a pizza
  30. a pet
  31. a photograph
  32. a hospital emergency room
  33. a particular friend or family member
  34. a painting
  35. a storefront window
  36. an inspiring view
  37. a work table
  38. a character from a book, movie, or television program
  39. a refrigerator or washing machine
  40. a Halloween costume

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