SETTING THESAURUS

MOUNTAINS



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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:
Craggy cliffs
Stones and boulders
Granite spires and outcroppings
Shale underfoot
Cracks and fissures running through a rock face
Slate pieces, pebbles, and pine needles dotting a winding path
Wide rock slides carving arrowhead-shaped trenches into the mountainside
Splintered and downed trees mapping avalanche paths
Tree trunks decorated with bits of moss
A spiky tree line
Clouds and mist shrouding steep slopes and sheered-off rock faces
Frothy waterfalls pouring into ravines and rushing downward in a torrent
White snow crusting the rock and gathering in shady crevices
Snowmelt dripping in the sunlight
Animal tracks and scat piles visible in the dirt trails
Hawks, eagles, ravens, falcons, owls, and other birds flying overhead or perching on a high treetop
Deer, foxes, bighorn sheep, wolves, bears, cougars, rabbits and other local animals foraging for edibles
Wood beetles and ants crawling along the rough bark of a pine or spruce tree
Mice or squirrels skittering over rocks or diving under a bush to reach their burrow
Spiders spinning glittering webs
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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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