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:
Houses sitting side-by-side or curved around a cul-de-sac
Cement sidewalks
Balloons tied to mailboxes
Barricades and cones set up to stop traffic
Tables lining the street holding casserole dishes and crock pots
Food in warming trays
A grill with hamburgers and hot dogs cooking
A barbeque smoker sending tendrils of heat shimmering into the air
Ears of corn boiling in a tall pot
Coolers brimming with drinks (sodas, water bottles, beer, drink pouches for the kids)
Ice melting into puddles on the ground
People eating off paper plates
Garbage cans at periodic intervals
Neighbors visiting (standing around and chatting, sitting on hay bales or lawn chairs, lined up to get food)
Families sharing a blanket on the grass
Kids playing ball in the street or riding scooters and bicycles
A bounce house
A game of pick-up around a neighbor’s basketball hoop
A horseshoe pit
Beanbag games
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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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