SETTING THESAURUS

BEACH



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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:
Tumbled rocks along the shoreline
A scattering of colorful beach towels
Giant umbrellas
Beach chairs and sunbathers
Children wearing florescent-bright water wings
Groups of teens playing volleyball or football
Families unpacking food coolers and blowing up water toys and loungers
A boardwalk lined with food and drink vendors
People fishing off of nearby reefs or from the pier
Toddling babies with soggy diapers
Panting dogs
Sun sleepers with red bellies or burned shoulders
Sunbathers wearing floppy sun hats and sunglasses
Flip-flops abandoned in the sand
Sandy bottles of tanning lotion and sun block
A white lifeguard tower with its flag flying
Posted signs (tide and surf advisories, beach rules, opening and closing times)
Streamers of seaweed rolling in the surf
Cigarette butts and bottle caps peppering the sand
Smoke rising from portable grills
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