Writing an essay on an unfamiliar topic is always hard; it is doubly hard when it comes to a descriptive essay. By definition, a descriptive essay is supposed to recount your own experience, perception or memory – and when you don’t have anything in your life to base the description on, the problem is obvious.
What are you supposed to do in such a situation? Imagine or make things up as you go along? Probably not – there is always an opportunity to say something silly, even if you do your research.
No, in this case it is better to stick to the facts and avoid talking as if you actually experienced what you are describing. Let’s take an example – you have to write a descriptive essay about Canadian food but you have never been to Canada, eaten any Canadian dishes, or given these dishes any thought whatsoever (that’s not a problem if you’ve already seen our interesting facts on Canadian food)….
The descriptive essay is one that is a more creative piece of academic writing, rather than a scientific one. In many cases your job is to write about what science or facts might tell you explicitly, or to analyze intent or purpose. But with the descriptive piece, your job is to describe something, someone, or someplace in vivid detail, utilizing all of the senses to create such a visceral picture that your reader feels as though they are there with you, experiencing the topic of your piece.
That being said, when you are describing life in Kenya, that means you must take some of the aspects from this book and use them as a sincere depiction of daily activities, of the life of the primates or of an action that is taken during the day for the primate. This is where you are free to use your best diction and economy to really bring to life what it is like in Kenya, something that you can do using only the information provided in this book. While many professors will allow students more flexibility in their writing topic for creative pieces such as this, when you are asked to write a descriptive essay on life in Kenya based on this book, you do not need to have lived in Kenya in order to reproduce the daily activities, the smell, the sights, the sounds, or just one item within that world. You can select one finer aspect of the daily life in Kenya and use it as the focal point for your descriptive piece….