SETTING THESAURUS

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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:
Vaulted ceilings (embellished with scalloped edging, plaster medallions, custom moldings, or painted artwork)
Glossy hardwood or marble floors
Thick velvet drapes over large French windows
High walls with crown molding
Curved observation balconies on an upper level
Tiered crystal chandeliers glittering in the soft light
Indoor fluted columns (with gold leaf accents and scrollwork)
Archway entries
Panel moldings
Decorative inserts and sconces
A spiral staircase and balustrade to the second level
A small orchestra or live band
A baby grand piano
Guests wearing tuxedos and gowns
Women with updos and expensive jewelry
Round dining tables (white tablecloths, napkin puffs in wine glasses, perfectly polished and spaced silverware, gold-edged china place settings, candle or flower centerpieces)
Waiting staff circulating the crowd to offer canapés or to exchange empty glasses for fresh ones
Golden bubbles rising in flutes of champagne
Dancers swirling on the dance floor
Elegant floral arrangements and sprays
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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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DESCRIPTIVE EFFECTS:
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