SETTING THESAURUS

COUNTRY ROAD



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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 gravel or sunbaked paved road
Wide open country on either side
Flat or hilly land
Barbed wire fencing
Leaning white mileage posts
Wild grass and weeds on the shoulder and in ditches
Fields of crops (boasting barley, wheat, corn, timothy hay, harvested hay bales)
Irrigation systems
Grazing cattle
Scruff brush and stunted trees dotting the landscape
Scattered bits of broken glass
Shredded tires or plastic light casings from breakdowns or accidents
Cigarette butts and beer cans along the roadside
Clumps of dandelions and foxtail
Birds (hawks, eagles, falcons, vultures) flying in spirals overhead
Roadkill
Old rotting shacks and barn structures
Crows or ravens sitting on fence posts
Streaks of clouds in the sky
The occasional passing car
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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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