When I first started writing I noticed I used the word said a lot. If you are an aspiring writer you may have been told not to overuse the word said. It’s true because it can become redundant and is often times not even necessary. Most times in dialog your reader can tell who is talking. It is always a good idea to put the characters names at the beginning of the dialog because it helps your readers keep track of the conversation. If you choose not to put the names at the beginning of the conversation and just let it flow without any tags even said the read will become confused.
Many authors will tell you they hate the word said but still use it too much in their first drafts and have to go back to eliminate the word throughout the manuscript. I still find myself doing it more then I care to admit. It took me a while to learn not to just plop the word down for the sake of it. In fact, you may hear that you don’t really need dialog tags at all, a lot of times this may be correct. If however, you want to use them or need them there are many words you can use other then said. I often find and I’m sure you may as well that if I read a conversation like the following that it is boring after a bit. “Where are we going?” Clarrissa said. “To the castle, we need to get to the king”, Alex said. “Well let’s get moving. If we are too late you know what will happens”, Clarrisa said. “Yes, I do and I don’t want that!” Alex said.
I lost your interest after a minute there didn’t I? Imagine if that were riddle throughout a whole text. The reader would most likely put the book down. You as the author lost the very person you’re trying to draw in. The point of writing (for most writers at least) is to get people to read your work. If they get confused or bored, they won’t read. Using said too much is a huge complaint I see all too often. Today I’m going to share with you a printable of 15 words to use in place of said. You can print it out and have a quick reference to use if you need a word fast. There are of course many other words these are just some of my favorites. You can always add to it so you have an arsenal of words to use. I hope you find this list helps you when you need it!
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