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:
Sun-faded striped fabric or blue tarps strung above rickety wooden stalls
Smiling shopkeepers wearing money belts bustling forward to help customers
Portable fans being snapped on to offer customers a respite from the heat
Uneven dirt pathways between rows of merchants
Children begging or walking among the crowd selling cool drinks and inexpensive trinkets
Hundreds of people browsing for goods or haggling over prices
Vendors calling out to shoppers to entice them to their stalls
A stray dog wandering about and begging for morsels
People eating nuts or sweets from a bag or meat from a skewer
People sitting at tables sipping drinks (tea, beer, water, or other local beverages)
Steam rising from cooking pots and kettles
Policemen or militia strolling through the market to keep an eye on things
Handmade signs in foreign languages
Shelves and hangers holding colorful fabrics, lace, rugs, tablecloths, pillow covers, clothing, flags, hats and shoes
Tables layered with unique items (wall art, pottery, giant seashells, religious relics, collectible books, incense burners, candles, and paper lanterns)
Household items in boxes (pots and pans, plates, cutlery and serving ware)
Unusual toys and musical instruments local to the area
Small knickknacks and handmade items representing the local culture (lacquered boxes, jewelry and beadwork, hand-stitched bags and leather goods, carvings
Edible goods (locally grown spices, specialty jams, butters, honey, teas, coffees, candy, smoked fish, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables)

SOUNDS:
Shopkeepers calling out to visitors and describing what they sell while promising the best prices
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