SETTING THESAURUS

RIVER



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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 steady flowing current
Leaf-dappled sunlight at the edges
Murky water when levels run high (during spring runoff, flooding, heavy rainstorms, etc.)
Animal tracks in the silt and mud at the water's edge
Reeds that nod in the wind
Bowed willows
Eddies swirling along the bank and weaving through low-lying grass
Trees hanging out over the water
Ducks swimming in the shallows or nesting in the bushes
Bent grasses
Giant riverbed boulders that create dips or split the current
Twigs and leaves drifting downstream
Debris (paper cups, soda cans, plastic bags, fishing line and hooks) caught at the river’s edge
Spiderwebs stretched between branches along the bank
Minnows darting between rocks
Smooth stones
Furry algae-stained rocks
Banks dotted with wildflowers
Floating petals and seed fluff
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RELATED SETTINGS THAT MAY TIE IN WITH THIS ONE:
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