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Descriptive Essay Topics: 20 Outstanding Suggestions


The term ‘descriptive essay’ can cover so many things that it can be difficult to know exactly where to start and with what. Since there are so many interesting topics to cover, however, there is no excuse to not find something unique, interesting and outstanding! Below is a list of 20 of the best suggestions for topics to start writing your descriptive essay on, or even to give you your own ideas about what to write on!

  1. A photograph
  2. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so you should have absolutely no problem creating an essay out of just one photograph.

  3. A nightmare / dream
  4. Our subconscious creates the most impressive images in our head that dissipate almost immediately. Try to catch hold of just one and describe it fully.

  5. Your favourite place to sit and think
  6. Identify the place you feel most at ease and then write about it and why it makes you feel so comfortable and peaceful.

  7. Your first memory
  8. What is your earliest memory? See how much detail you can remember and jot it all down.

  9. Your favourite show
  10. Remember the best show you have ever seen in a theatre or even at the cinema and write all about it and how it made you feel.

  11. Learning a new language / new subject
  12. Learning something new can be exciting and frustrating all at the same time. How does learning something new make you feel?

  13. A souvenir
  14. This can be a souvenir from anything - from a holiday, for example - that still has sentimental value for you.

  15. Your first love
  16. Who was the first person you fell in love with? How did it all feel? Why did you love them?

  17. Your hero
  18. Everyone has at least one hero, and it can tell you a lot about a person, knowing who theirs is. Write about what makes your hero special.

  19. Your ideal partner
  20. Most people dream about their perfect partner at one point in their lives. What makes your someone perfect for you?

    And, finally, 10 shorter ideas:

  21. Playing at a concert
  22. Your favourite book character
  23. Running a race
  24. Playing your favourite sport
  25. A day at work / school
  26. Your best friend
  27. A long car journey
  28. A sunny / snowy / rainy day
  29. Your greatest fear
  30. The happiest moment in your life