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:
Standing water (fresh or salty)
Water that forms pools or snakes its way through grassy plains
Muddy soil
Half-submerged logs and dead snags
Beaver dams and muskrat houses rising out of the water
Grasses and reeds rippling in the wind
Sawgrass and sedges growing in clumps
Papyrus heads nodding on thin stalks
Low-growing shrubs
Water lilies and bright green duckweed floating in the water
Frogs and toads
Turtles sunning themselves on rocks
Snakes slipping through the grasses
Alligators stealing through the water
Salamanders
Water birds (herons, egrets, ducks, cranes, geese, kingfishers) snapping at insects and fish
Hawks and eagles riding the air currents far above
Damselflies
Glistening spiderwebs strung between grass stalks
Water bugs dancing across the surface
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SOUNDS:
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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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