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Dec
28
comment alternatives to “he said” in dialog
@Tannalein: Perhaps we are not quite in agreement... Spelling errors and use of said are not near the same category. Said does serve a purpose when paired with a name, it indicates who spoke as opposed to just someone spoke, and it does so in a very lightweight manner. I didn't read Lauren's comment as saying leave all the saids in there, but not to go down the road of replacing them for the sake of variety. Doing acrobatics to avoid the word entirely can make your writing more bloated and harder to read without adding any substance.
Dec
27
comment alternatives to “he said” in dialog
@Tannalein I don't think we are in disagreement at all here.
Dec
27
comment alternatives to “he said” in dialog
Lauren Ipsum is correct here. In my wife's writing community they call this 'having a said complex': Trying to alter the verbiage just to avoid repetition of the word said. It isn't necessary and it has a horrible effect on the reader by making all of these replacements stand out: breaking up the flow of the conversation. Far better to use action to fill out the exchange and carry the dialog as Lexi and Dale describe in their answers.