SETTING THESAURUS

HOUSE FIRE



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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:
Smoke drifting at the ceiling level and sliding under doors
Billowing plumes darkening to sooty black as paint and other chemicals are consumed
Flames licking the walls and sweeping across the ceiling
Ropes of fire chewing through curtains
Fire spreading across the floor in rippling sheets
Windows bursting
Roof beams caving in
Brighter flashes as combustibles explode
Timbers charring and blackening
A smoke haze coating the room
Sparks drifting and swirling in the air drafts
Ash drifting down
Paint bubbling
Bits of curtains crumbling
Parts of the electrical system (wires, bulbs, sockets) flickering and then shorting out
Patches of carpet melting
Plastics shrinking and melting
Wood warping
Stair spindles turning into pillars of flame
Metal becoming red hot
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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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