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:
Swing sets, slides, and jungle gyms
A sandbox with half-buried toy cars and digging tools
A plastic tube maze
Old tire swings
Monkey bars with chipped paint
A small rock climbing wall
Giant pegboard games like tic-tac-toe with colorful play pieces
Wood chips piled around tree roots and in shrubbery beds
Artificial turf, pea gravel (in older playgrounds), or black rubber mats
Grass studded with clumps of dandelions and dead spots
Small shade-bearing trees and bushes
Wooden benches or picnic tables in need of paint
Equipment with rust spots on the metal bars
Hollowed-out spots where the seesaw seats hit the ground
Hard-packed grooves under the swings
Bugs and pinecones in the sandbox
Sun glinting off metal railings and supports
Babies wriggling in strollers
Parents sitting on benches watching their kids play
Juice boxes and baggies with snacks left over from a lunch on the go
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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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DESCRIPTIVE EFFECTS:
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