Don't include sentence fragments, as I did, unless your instructor allows them for effect. Fragments can be effective when writers know how to use them but are generally not encouraged in beginning writing courses where writers need to learn how to write in complete sentences before experimenting.
If you're simply looking to improve your own creative writing, practicing observing and taking notes that you incorporate into your writing will definitely make your writing more interesting and creative.
Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. VirginiaLynne--Thanks for saying that. That means a lot coming from you. You write some awesome hubs on different aspects of English and writing. Good job in giving a concrete example that explains your tips. You have an eye for detail. Martie--You're right about each generation having their own challenges. Thanks for the awesome comments. I remember when I were young my mother-in-law often irritated the heck out of me with a phrase like: Each generation has their unique set of challenges to meet.
By now I have a pretty good idea what they are in old-age. Suzanne--Glad you enjoyed the hub. I think that observing different situations can add a lot to one's writing. This sounds like a completely different way to write an essay and a good way to get some real facts while observing what's going on.
I enjoyed reading your hub and can agree I have observed older people also frowning and being frugal with money in my area too - poor darlings. I appreciate the compliments about the hub. You're right--these tips can help any writer. Your tips are very useful for anyone who needs to write this type of essay for school or wants to explore different types of writing for fun.
Your hubs are very easy to follow and I appreciate that! Great tips on how to write an observational essay. The more you observe and take notes, more the content to write.
Oh, and thanks for the compliment! I had such hopes and dreams back then! Now if only some will come to fruition! I have used this method to stimulate esssay writing. It is interesting to see what students observe and share later. At eighteen, you were already on your way to being a top-notch author! You have made a most helpful analysis. This was truly interesting. Though I've never written it down, I do observe people and think things about them- similar to what you said about older people and feeling sad.
Glad you liked the hub. It was neat for me to go back and see what I had written about elderly folks. Such a useful and informative Hub. I like how you analyzed what you thought of elderly people.
I think it's a really great Hub! Hello pstraubie and your lovely angels! Good to see you! Rosie writes - I think that observing people is fascinating and can teach us so much, not only about them but about our own perceptions. Thanks for reading and commenting! MarieAlana1 - I'm glad you liked this hub.
Observing different populations of people can be very interesting and eye-opening. I chuckled when you said that at first you weren't sure what 'elderly' was. It is funny how our definition of that term changes over time. This is a guide that would be easy to follow and would be a great jumping off point for a story FlourishAnyway--Thanks for complimenting me as an 18 year old! Thanks for the comments and the votes! You're right; it is interesting how our perspectives change.
I had fun going back to that 18 year old summer for a bit, too. I think that keeping the five senses in mind can really bring writing much more alive! Thanks for your comments! I find it very interesting observing others and your pictures show why. There are so many questions I have about them. This is very interesting. In working within the early childhood field there were many times where I had to write observational notes on the children.
I like how you do your notes on the elderly. That puts everything in a new viewpoint. It is interesting and as well written great. Thank you for sharing this info. This was so interesting and useful for any writer. I enjoyed your teenaged observations. What a smart, astute young lady! I was recently informed by my teenager that middle age begins at Still reeling from that one!
Voted up and more. Victoria, I think it is interesting how you might observe the same scene or same subject differently if you have a different perspective. When I was 18, I probably would have focused on things like clothing styles and physical changes that occur with aging- some of the things you mentioned from your notebook. Now that I am a few years older and a more accomplished penny pincher, I might tend to observe economic factors more keenly.
Are elderly people wearing cheap shoes or expensive shoes? Are they buying name brands or discount brands? Do they seem to be buying only things they really need or extra stuff as well? Are they driving cars that are well-maintained, or cars that barely run? Thanks for the interesting article, it was fun to think about being 18 again for a little while I've written often about using the five senses; they are perfect for this type of essay and I'm glad you mentioned them.
Looking back, sometimes I wish I could go back--or at least capture--that girl and her bright-eyed ideas and untapped potential. I'm not sure my 46 year old self does her justice. I'm so glad you thought the hub to be enjoyable. Your compliments about it made my day! Thanks, too, for sharing it. Oh my Victoria, how impressive your eighteen year old self must have been!
Such an observant observation essay. The thoughts you added along with your observations made it interesting reading. This entire hub could be required reading for any writing. What a great way to start. Adding your thoughts and feelings just made it better. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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Practice observing wherever you go. Group Your Notes So what do you do with those notes? Sample Observation Essay - Introduction I think my eighteen-year-old self did fairly well with the body paragraphs and conclusion but failed to include an introduction.
Here's my introduction for the observation essay: Tips for Observation Essays Take notes. Group notes and make outline. Introduce situation to reader in introduction.
Write a thesis statement giving overall impression. Use details to convey your observations in body paragraphs. Include conversation if appropriate. Conclude with something significant—what you learned. Observation Essay - Body Paragraphs After I grouped my notes, I created my body paragraphs around three basic categories: They seem to be real careful about prices—how they spend their money.
The child giggled and bounced away. The old man smiled after her. Write to the Five Senses Where appropriate, add details that appeal to the five senses. Observation Essay - Conclusion After you've written up your observations into essay form, end with a conclusion that leaves the reader with something significant to think about.
Here is the conclusion I wrote from those observations: Example reflection of bridging the gap between young and old. Reflect with a purpose; add a significant conclusion. Writing About Your Own Observations With a little more experience, my eighteen-year-old writing self could have added a few more specific details, but, all-in-all, I believe she captured the basic idea of the observation essay.
More Tips about Observation Essays. I appreciate your feedback. I hope my tips are helpful for people. Excellent tips for observation essays. Also, you should show some perspective and explain the significance of your work to the reader.
The peculiarity of the observation essay is that usually you are a part of the setting, which you are describing, which means that you may change or make an impact on it. Therefore, you should take it into account. As you are an eye-witness of all what is going on, you should use the first person in writing for the cases what you have observed but not what you personally think of the situation.
Write in a clear voice. Your statements must be accurate and clear. Therefore, we recommend you to use active voice for verbs mostly, which will ease the understanding of your paper. In most cases, present and past verb tenses are used. Typically, when you are writing about the events, which you have observed, you may use either present or past tense.
However, when you analyze the situation or interpret your recordings you should use present tense only. Taking field notes is one of the most essential steps in your observation work.
You should pay attention to such points as exact time, data, location, weather conditions and physical arrangements. It is highly recommended that you indicate the exact timings when you start and finish the observation.
Remember that during taking the field notes you have to just describe what you see not analyze.
Guide for writing influential Observation Essays with easy to understand instructions and compelling tips. This article includes 7 powerful steps and 7 incredible tips for helping you to write better Observation essays. An observational essay is an opportunity for a person to provide their impression of an event, item or person.
When writing an observation paper, it's important to first assess the environment or the topic of the paper. In this stage, the writer needs to capture as much detail as possible. At this point, the writer should draft an outline while answering a few questions.
Writing an Observation essay It is obvious that good observational skills are crucial for a professional observation essay. In order to achieve a good observational result the author while the process of observation needs to catch every little detail. To write an observation paper you must first observe. Remember that observation is more than just vision. You should also be observing sounds, smells and sensations that are happening around your observation paper topic. Do more than just observe the pieces.
Write self‐reflectively: You are part of the scene; indeed, your presence may even affect the scene to some extent. That, plus the fact you must also record and to some extent reflect on your own observation process, means using the first person. Nov 09, · With a little more experience, my eighteen-year-old writing self could have added a few more specific details, but, all-in-all, I believe she captured the basic idea of the observation essay. Observation essays can be excellent learning experiences. I know that one was for ct4uc3541.cfs: