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:
Dew-drenched grass
A doghouse with a peaked roof
A swing set and matching slide
A tree house settled high in the branches of an oak tree
A green hose stretched across the lawn and attached to a sprinkler
Wild rose bushes flush with pastel blooms
Sun-bleached garden gnomes or painted rocks speckling the flowerbeds
Decorative garden lanterns or blown glass
Dandelions and clover poking through the grass
A shed at the back of the yard
Trees casting shade on the ground below
Buzzing and fluttering insects (butterflies, mosquitoes, flies)
Spiderwebs
Worms in the wet dirt
Ladybugs crawling over the foliage
Toys or bikes leaning against the fence
A back gate
Ants crawling across the cement sidewalk
A dog's chew toys
Sandy spots in the grass where the dog likes to lay
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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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