SETTING THESAURUS

CONDEMNED APARTMENT BUILDING



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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:
Crusty paint peels and rippled wallpaper
Colorful graffiti (tags, pictures, racial slurs, random numbers and messages)
Floors strewn with debris (broken drywall and glass, empty beer cans, alcohol bottles, trash, rags, old dirty mattresses, cigarette butts, used needles)
Ragged holes in the walls bleeding mouse-chewed insulation
Broken plaster
Doors hanging from broken hinges
Rats or mice skittering through debris
Squatters using the space to sleep or party
Trash-covered stairwells
Rusty or dented mailboxes near the entrance
Spiderwebs hanging off old light fixtures
A broken elevator
Exposed pipes and loops of loose wiring hanging through holes in the ceiling
Torn-up flooring
Old chewed rugs or carpet
Dirty windows (missing panes, with rusted grates, or with boards over them)
Condom wrappers
Crumbled brick and other rubble
Yellowed newspaper and smashed mirrors
Dirty toilets
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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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