SETTING THESAURUS

CITY BUS



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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:
Cracked and faded bench seats
Cushions leaking foam padding
Smudged or fogged windows
Folding doors
Leather hand loops dangling from the ceiling
Metal handrails and poles
Framed posters with social service messages (about homelessness, depression, getting out of debt, etc.)
Ads for cultural plays and other events
Graffiti etched into the metal or written on the seats
Slumped passengers carefully minding their own business (reading, texting, listening to music, playing games on a device)
Yellow lines on the floor to indicate where passengers may and may not stand
Rubber slip mats
Litter on the wet or dirty floor
City streets and other cars flashing past the windows
A security call box
Buttons to open the door
A pull wire that alerts the driver to pull over at the next stop
People swaying as the vehicle moves
Newspapers left on seats
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PEOPLE COMMONLY FOUND IN THIS SETTING:
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