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Whatever you’re writing—be it a fairy tale or a personal descriptive essay—you’re going to need to use descriptive writing in it. How do your main characters look? What is the setting like? Answering questions like these may seem like a straightforward task, but writing descriptive text can actually be a real challenge. Get it right and it will paint vivid images and hold your readers’ attention; get it wrong and you run the risk of boring or confusing your readers.