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:
Windows facing the street
A row of uniform plastic chairs within sight of a television set that’s bolted to the wall
Chipped folding tables
Metal laundry baskets on wheels
Rows of industrial washing machines and dryers
A security camera
Rotary fans on the ceiling
Garbage cans (stuffed full of dryer sheets, lint, and empty jugs of laundry soap)
A tile floor with the occasional clump of dryer lint
Spilled detergent powdering the tiles
Signs that give instructions about the facility
A vending machine for detergent and dryer sheets
Coin slots on the machines (if coin-operated)
Kids running around
Bored patrons texting or listening to music on devices
Too-bright florescent lights overhead
Stray socks left behind on a folding table
A laundry attendant behind a desk
Candy and soda machines
A change dispensing machine
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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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