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:
Automatic sliding doors
A waiting room full of beat-up chairs
Small tables littered with newspapers and half-finished coffee containers
Artificial plants
Patients waiting with various ailments and injuries (broken limbs, cuts and scrapes, concussions, bruising, vomiting, wearing surgical masks, in shock, visibly ill)
Overflowing garbage bins
Hand sanitizer stations
Vending machines and water fountains
Signs directing visitors to other hospital areas
Stretchers zooming past with paramedics attending victims
Medical and janitorial staff in color-coded scrubs
Doctors in white coats passing through the area
People being pushed in wheelchairs
A glassed-in reception area
A nearby bathroom
A triage area
A casting room where casts are applied to broken bones
X-ray and CAT scan rooms
Worried parents and friends crammed together
People holding ice packs to injuries as they wait
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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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