SETTING THESAURUS

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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 cylindrical domed structure standing on a high point of land near a large body of water
A rotating light at the top that flashes as it comes around
Bushes and plants near the base of the lighthouse
Benches for guests who decline to climb to the top
Garbage cans
A flag flapping on a pole
Butterflies and flowers
Steps and a door leading inside
Latticed cast iron steps spiraling up the inside of the lighthouse
A hand railing fixed against the wall for safety
Small landings every certain number of steps with a porthole window
Thick glass windows set into the brick walls able to withstand storms
Sightseers gathering on the landings to catch their breath on the way up
Natural light coming through a trapdoor near the top of the staircase
The stairwell leading to the main gallery
An exit leading outside to a narrow balcony with a chest-high metal railing going around the top of the lighthouse
Sights from the balcony (choppy water, sandy beaches, boats, bridges, cars, grassy hills or meadows, houses and hotels, construction cranes, trees, cloud shadows moving across the land)
A narrow ladder leading up to the watch room
Watch room supplies such as a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, storage bins, a folding chair, a lunch bag, and a phone
Chipping paint and rust spots
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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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