crib, changing table, diaper pail, dresser, clothes hamper, lamp, nightlight, rocking chair, baby swing, mobile, artwork, name plaque on the door, walls painted in soft colors (pink, blue, yellow, green), stuffed animals, picture frames, knick-knacks, CD player, baby…
the crank of a mobile, music from a mobile, classical music from a CD player, static from a white noise machine, crib mattress rustling, toys rattling/squeaking/banging, click of a diaper pail opening and closing, rip of diaper tabs being pulled, rustling diapers, snaps…
baby powder, baby lotion, medicinal smell of diaper rash ointment, urine, poop, spit-up, sour milk, air fresheners, disinfectant
formula, milk, dry air
fuzzy blankets, soft crib sheets, cuddly stuffed animals, damp/sweaty hair, silky hair, warm bodies, smooth skin, slobbery baby kisses, damp/wet/soaked diapers and clothes, plush changing pad cover, cold wipes, heated wipes from a wipes warmer machine, warm…
–The words you choose can convey atmosphere and mood.
Example 1: The room was finally finished. Framed prints of cartoon dump trucks and tractors hung on the cornflower-blue walls. Soothing rain forest sounds whispered from the white noise machine. Margaret pushed the tiny choo-choo train on the dresser, rolling it back and forth. She breathed in the smells of fresh paint and new furniture and sighed, rubbing her bulging belly. Whenever you’re ready, little man…
–Similes and metaphors create strong imagery when used sparingly.
Example 1: (Metaphor) She said it would be pink. This wasn’t pink. This was a cotton candy explosion…
Think beyond what a character sees, and provide a sensory feast for readers
Setting is much more than just a backdrop, which is why choosing the right one and describing it well is so important. To help with this, we have expanded and integrated this thesaurus into our online library at One Stop For Writers. Each entry has been enhanced to include possible sources of conflict, people commonly found in these locales, and setting-specific notes and tips, and the collection itself has been augmented to include a whopping 230 entries—all of which have been cross-referenced with our other thesauruses for easy searchability. So if you’re interested in seeing a free sample of this powerful Setting Thesaurus, head on over and register at One Stop.
On the other hand, if you prefer your references in book form, we’ve got you covered, too, because both books are now available for purchase in digital and print copies. In addition to the entries, each book contains instructional front matter to help you maximize your settings. With advice on topics like making your setting do double duty and using figurative language to bring them to life, these books offer ample information to help you maximize your settings and write them effectively.
Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling.