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:
Bumpy stone walls fissured with fingerlings of tree roots
Dirt and dead leaves tracked in by animals or blown by the wind
Twigs
Animal scat
Clumps of fur
Scattered bits of an old nest
Chewed bones
Tracks in the dirt
Claw marks on stone
Stalactites hanging from the ceiling
Bats roosting
Stalagmites protruding from the floor
Water dripping from cracks and tree roots in the ceiling
Pools and puddles
Passageways leading to other caves or to underground rivers
Spiders and other bugs
Broken spider webs hanging from the ceiling
Bright sunlight at the entrance that diminishes as one moves deeper into the cave
A flashlight beam illuminating the darkness
Hieroglyphs or cave paintings
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SOUNDS:
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SMELLS:
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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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