SETTING THESAURUS

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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 grassy lawn crisscrossed by sidewalks
Benches spaced along the pathways
Tall buildings around the perimeter (libraries, lecture halls, dorms, fraternity and sorority houses, dining halls, administrative offices, a security office, parking garages, an infirmary, a chapel, a bell tower or clock tower)
A central courtyard (decorative pavers, a fountain, statuary, flags on poles, commemorative plaques)
Trees and bushes
Flower beds
Plants in large pots
Garbage cans
Decorative archways
Navigational signs
Bike racks
Banners strung over the pathways or on buildings
Students (lounging on the lawn, throwing a Frisbee or football, sitting in groups or alone, reading on benches, walking to and from class, handing out flyers, biking across campus, studying)
Security vehicles and pedestrian guards patrolling the campus
Informational tables manned by members of various clubs and organizations
Students milling about and signing up for events
A puppy program where stressed out students can take study breaks to pet and play with dogs in a special enclosure on the lawn

SOUNDS:
Students talking and laughing
Students calling to one another across the green
A bicycle rolling by
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