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:
A cracked or pitted windshield
A dusty dashboard
Broken window cranks
Muddy floor mats
A missing radio knob
A cassette player
Air conditioning or heat that doesn’t always work
Dusty vents
Trash on the floor (hamburger wrappers, soda cups, coffee takeout cups, chocolate bar wrappers, doughnuts boxes)
A squashed tissue box on the dash
Folded and torn maps
A glove box that won’t open or lock
Worn or ripped patches in the seats with padding showing through
A metal coffee thermos
A backseat covered with debris (tools, gear, junk, newspapers)
Wedge-shaped mini windows by the side mirrors that tilt to open
A memento hanging from the rearview mirror that symbolizes something about the owner (a garter belt, a rosary or religious emblem, a tree-shaped air freshener, baby shoes, dog tags)
A missing hood ornament
Dirty running boards
Rust spots on the frame
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SMELLS:
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TASTES:
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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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