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:
Drawn curtains
Mourners in black
Tables laden with food (casseroles, sandwiches, tarts, banana loaves, pasta salad, fruit and veggie platters, crackers and meat trays, olives)
Plates and cutlery
A pile of condolence cards in envelopes on a sideboard table
The kitchen bustling with friendly women (bringing out trays of food, making coffee and tea, washing dishes)
Grieving family members clutching tissue wads as they thank guests for coming
Pictures of the deceased prominently displayed
A guest book
Folding chairs crowding the living room to provide more seating
A pile of shoes by the door
Coats tossed in a pile on a chair or overtaking a row of coat hooks
Children sent to the backyard to play or visit with cousins
Smokers on the back porch discussing the funeral and catching up with relatives
Flower arrangements displayed on coffee tables and end tables

SOUNDS:
People talking quietly
The clink of cutlery
A busy kitchen full of scraping and chopping sounds
Dishes rattling as they’re loaded into the dishwasher or stacked in clean piles
Mothers calling out instructions to children
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PEOPLE COMMONLY FOUND IN THIS SETTING:
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RELATED SETTINGS THAT MAY TIE IN WITH THIS ONE:
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