What is the difference between factual report and descriptive text?
A factual report deals with provable facts, whereas a description, even if factual, expresses the feelings of the author as well.
Descriptive reporting tends to use metaphorical language that is loaded with emotive suggestions. Compare:
- Factual: He ended his journey at mid-day on a hot day.
- Descriptive: Soaked in sweat, he finished his journey at noon under a sweltering sun.