SETTING THESAURUS

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HELPFUL TIP:

Settings should always be chosen with care. Consider the emotion you want your viewpoint character to feel and how setting choices, weather elements, and symbolism might build a specific mood in the scene, create tension and conflict, or even raise the stakes.
SIGHTS:
Weather-worn stone pillars surrounded by dead clumps of grass
Half-crumbled buildings
Cracked blocks and stones broken up by meandering tree roots
Pitted steps and staircases
Caved-in roofs weighed down by vines or other foliage
Faceless marble or stone statues
Inscriptions and carvings in stone
Towering spires
Dusty and cobwebbed corridors in the buildings
Sculpted archways stained by mold or mildew (in humid climates)
Stones placed in deliberate patterns
Uneven floors worn from the feet of many people
Altars
Rock walls
Battlements with blast marks or bullet holes from old wars
Ash scars on the stone from past fires
Empty hearths or fire pits
Shadows
Dead leaves scattered on the ground
Dappled sunlight filtering in through trees or overgrowth
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SOUNDS:
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SMELLS:
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TASTES:
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TEXTURES AND SENSATIONS:
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POSSIBLE SOURCES OF CONFLICT:
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PEOPLE COMMONLY FOUND IN THIS SETTING:
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SETTING NOTES AND TIPS:
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RELATED SETTINGS THAT MAY TIE IN WITH THIS ONE:
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SETTING DESCRIPTION EXAMPLE:
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TECHNIQUES AND DEVICES USED:
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DESCRIPTIVE EFFECTS:
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