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:
Tattered magazines on a wall display or turnstile rack
A coffee table covered with newspaper inserts and travel books
Cardboard holders with pamphlets
Posters on the walls
Generic-looking framed artwork (flowers, natural landscapes, buildings, modern art)
Advertisements for other services or temporary specials
A water cooler
A receptionist’s desk
Hallways that lead to exam rooms and offices
Rows of chairs
A toy corner for children containing blocks, books, a coloring table, trucks, etc.
Thin-padded seats
A ticket counter and digital counter clock
Clipboards with forms to fill out
Sign-in sheets for medical trials, mailings, or support groups
A jar of pens
Professionals in uniform (nurses in scrubs, bankers in suits)
A business card holder
People reading, texting on phones, corralling hyper children, and filling out forms
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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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