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:
A driveway filled with cars
Balloons tied to a mailbox
Streamers taped to the walls and dangling from lights
Party hats
Confetti scattered across tables
Brightly wrapped presents with bows
Colorful envelopes
Gift bags sprouting tissue paper
Theme-based paper products and tablecloths
A banner
Birthday cake
Cookies and brownies
Bowls and platters of snack foods (chips, pretzels, bite-sized fruit, carrot sticks, cubes of cheese, crackers)
A bounce house in the backyard
Water or sprinkler toys
A piñata
Doors standing open
Kids running in and out
Scattered toys
Light shining from the TV in the background
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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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