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:
Covered bodies being wheeled into or out of the facility
Bright overhead lights
Secure doors with keypad or card swipe entries
A sterile room filled with metal furnishings and trimmings (handles, knobs, nameplates, etc.)
Autopsy tables with raised edges to catch bodily fluids
Step stools
Technicians wearing safety garb including scrubs, booties, gloves, face masks and plastic guards, goggles, and hairnets
A cooler for holding bodies (either a large walk-in cooler or smaller cabinets that the bodies are rolled into)
Bodies in bags or covered with sheets
Naked bodies lying on tables with toe tags attached
Sinks with hoses, sterilizing equipment, and liquids
Trays of sterilized tools and cutting implements
Metal bins for holding organs and other evidence
Hanging scales
X-ray machines
A shelf or desk where reports are written and paperwork is filled out
Drawers for patient files
Biohazard garbage bags
Bins, cabinetry, and drawers for storing supplies
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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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