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:
Weathered trees rising out of the earth to brush against the sky
Sun-dappled leaves creating flickering shadows
Animal trails crisscrossing the undergrowth
Dead leaves and pine needles caught in furred clumps of moss
Fat mushroom-like tree burls
Moss climbing up trunks
Wisps of Old Man's Beard dripping off of dead spruce branches
The wind sending a shudder of movement through the branches
Pinecones and acorns scattered over the ground
Wood beetles bumbling across rotten fallen logs
A ravine cutting through the earth
Clean water rushing across smooth stones
Wind-damaged or fallen trees leaning drunkenly against one another
Animal burrows tucked beneath the tree roots
Light dancing across fern fronds and glittering off of morning dew
Crumbling dead logs
Birch trees losing their bark in giant white curls
Flat cedar branches
The raised edges of tree bark
Stones peeking out from a rusty pine needle carpet
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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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