People play a very important role in our lives. How do I describe in vivid detail any one person and how he has been a special influence in my life?

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First of all, you must choose a person who has had a special influence on your life. This person could be a relative; however, this person could also be a teacher, a coach, a faith leader, or a club leader. Someone who influences us in a positive manner is often a mentor. They might be someone whom you trust and admire. A mentor is also someone who inspires you, whether it be in school, sports, music, athletics, or some other area of your life that is impacted by the relationship. Therefore, choose your special person carefully so that you can pinpoint their direct influence on your life.

Secondly, you are asked to use vivid detail. Vivid detail can include adjectives and strong verbs. For instance, if I were describing my coach, I could say,

Coach Sam's tall, thin frame belied the inner strength that he passed down to every team member. Winning became second to trying our best. His gnarled hands showed his age, but Coach could hold a football better than anyone I ever met.

In the above example, you can see how to combine description with those characteristics that make the person a special influence.

Good luck, and remember proper paragraph and/or essay structure! For more on this, see the link I've provided below.

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This question has been on our state test, and students chose a person very easily.  Even describing him in detail seemed to be done with great elan evoking a good picture of the person and their character traits.  Where students ran into trouble was to remember to explain HOW this person had been a special INFLUENCE in their lives.  So, if you would choose  your father, describe him physically as you describe the important characteristics or traits you admire.  For example, maybe you admire his willingness to help other people who need help and you describe this small, confident man who easily fixes the tire for the frightened young man at the side of the road.  Then you have to link these details of description to his influence on you.  Maybe you have learned to help others without expecting any reward.  Maybe you have learned to tell the truth even if it makes you look bad.  My father, an uneducated, well read salesman, was not allowed to go to college which made me even more determined to go which changed the course of my life.

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