Writing Cheat: Said is Not Dead

Jul 21, 2015 by

There are many charts of words to use instead of said, but said is a very useful word.

Words like proclaimed, explained or communicated draw attention to themselves when you want reader’s attention on the dialogue. While said gets the job done silently, like an assassin.

If there’s a more descriptive word than said (i.e. whispered, mumbled, snapped) you can use then definitely use it but if it adds no detail you don’t need it.

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