Descriptive Narrative And Expository Essay

A number of random essay topics for every kind of essay

Choosing essay topics is one of the biggest challenges that every writer faces. Instructors are always assigning essays, so students are always struggling to choose a topic that they can discuss in a full essay. Here are topics for a variety of different essays styles:

Argumentative Essays:

  • Should schools have classes for males and females?
  • Why should people read more books?
  • Should companies offer paternity leave?
  • Is it ethical for people to have large families in today’s world?
  • Is college worth it today?
  • Are speed limits necessary?
  • Are professional athletes overpaid?
  • Is it time to close the book on superstores?
  • How much security do public schools need today?

Expository Essays:

  • What problems come with obesity?
  • Describe an everyday activity in your life.
  • How would you choose the perfect pet?
  • You’ve won the lottery. Now what do you do?
  • What would you do if you did not have a cellphone?
  • Why is your favorite book your favorite book?
  • What would you do to create the perfect birthday party?

Narrative Essays:

  • Tell a story about loyalty in your life.
  • Talk about a time you misjudged someone.
  • Write about the phrase “Ignorance is bliss.”
  • Write about a time when you did something you thought was right.
  • Write about a time that you traveled and what you learned from a specific experience.
  • Talk about your connection to nature.
  • Write about a strength that you recently realized you have.
  • Write about a time when you took a chance and what you learned from the experience.

Descriptive Essays:

  • Describe a literary hero and what qualities make him/her heroic.
  • Describe your first kiss and whether you were impressed or underwhelmed.
  • Describe the perfect Halloween and costume.
  • Describe what makes a president great.
  • Describe what makes a gift successful.
  • Describe the sensory experience of swimming.
  • Describe eating your favorite meal.

Types of Writing Styles

There are four main types of writing: expository, descriptive, persuasive, and narrative. Each of these writing styles is used for a specific purpose. A single text may include more than one writing style.


Expository writing is one of the most common types of writing. When an author writes in an expository style, all they are trying to do is explain a concept, imparting information from themselves to a wider audience. Expository writing does not include the author’s opinions, but focuses on accepted facts about a topic, including statistics or other evidence.

Examples of Expository Writing

  • Textbooks
  • How-to articles
  • Recipes
  • News stories (not editorials or Op-Eds)
  • Business, technical, or scientific writing


Descriptive writing is often found in fiction, though it can make an appearance in nonfiction as well (for example, memoirs, first-hand accounts of events, or travel guides). When an author writes in a descriptive style, they are painting a picture in words of a person, place, or thing for their audience. The author might employ metaphor or other literary devices in order to describe the author’s impressions via their five senses (what they hear, see, smell, taste, or touch). But the author is not trying to convince the audience of anything or explain the scene – merely describe things as they are.

Examples of Descriptive Writing

  • Poetry
  • Journal/diary writing
  • Descriptions of Nature
  • Fictional novels or plays


Persuasive writing is the main style of writing you will use in academic papers. When an author writes in a persuasive style, they are trying to convince the audience of a position or belief. Persuasive writing contains the author’s opinions and biases, as well as justifications and reasons given by the author as evidence of the correctness of their position. Any “argumentative” essay you write in school should be in the persuasive style of writing.

Examples of Persuasive Writing

  • Cover letters
  • Op-Eds and Editorial newspaper articles
  • Reviews of items
  • Letters of complaint
  • Advertisements
  • Letters of recommendation


Narrative writing is used in almost every longer piece of writing, whether fiction or nonfiction. When an author writes in a narrative style, they are not just trying to impart information, they are trying to construct and communicate a story, complete with characters, conflict, and settings.

Examples of Narrative Writing

  • Oral histories
  • Novels/Novellas
  • Poetry (especially epic sagas or poems)
  • Short Stories
  • Anecdotes

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