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Updated on June 03, 2016
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Since 1994, short stories by AJ Barnett have appeared in magazines, summer specials, international competitions, and available on Kindle.

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He Said, She Said...

Is it your dream, your fantasy to write a bestseller? Do you have a book in your head, but 'said' gets in the way? Books are what drive most authors forward, words are what drive them mad. We might write short story collections, fan fiction, science fiction, lengthy novels, or romance, but if we write, then somewhere along the line we'll come up against the word 'said.' Does using it fill you with despair?

Repeating "he said, she said," can get annoying, but is it smart to use a different verb? There are abundant words to use instead, yet purists believe you're probably best not using them since readers pay such little attention to 'said’ it effectively becomes invisible. If you use an alternative, it can become conspicuous; it can make a declaration that shouts, "Hey guys, look at me, I’m important!" And even worse, it can downgrade your writing as a whole and make it sound amateurish. If you look at published books, you'll find most authors steer clear of the alternatives.

A good practice to follow is that when it’s understandable who is speaking the line of dialogue, you can remove the verb completely. It's surprising how much more professional your work will look if you do. In fact, let's make a rule: if it's obvious who's speaking, don't use anything.

On the other hand, sometimes you need to indicate who's speaking, and sometimes, the word 'said' can get a little old. In those cases, the following list of alternatives can help.

Alternative Words for "Said"

You should certainly only substitute 'said' if the line of dialogue needs accentuation or verbalization to convey the way it is said, but please remember that gorging your story with alternatives makes your work look amateurish. Use alternatives moderately!

For all that, if you’re struggling to find that elusive perfect substitute, here’s a list of words (in alphabetic order) that might work.

  • Accepted, Accused, Acknowledged, Addressed, Admitted, Advertised, Advised, Affirmed, Agonized, Agreed, Alleged, Announced, Answered, Appealed, Arranged, Articulated, Asked, Asserted, Asseverated, Assumed, Assured, Attracted, Avered, Avowed
  • Babbled, Barked, Bawled, Beamed, Beckoned, Began, Begged, Bellowed, Beseeched, Blubbered, Blurted, Bossed, Bragged, Breathed, Broadcasted, Burst
  • Cajoled, Called, Carped, Cautioned, Censured, Cheered, Chimed in, Choked, Chortled, Chuckled, Circulated, Claimed, Comforted, Commented, Conceded, Concluded, Concurred, Condemned, Conferred, Confessed, Confided, Confirmed, Consoled, Contended, Continued, Cried out, Criticized, Croaked, Crooned, Crowed
  • Declared, Decided, Defended, Demanded, Denoted, Dictated, Disclosed, Disposed, Disseminated, Distributed, Divulged, Doubted, Drawled
  • Echoed, Emitted, Empathized, Encouraged, Ended, Entreated, Exacted, Exclaimed, Explained, Exposed
  • Faltered, Finished, Fretted, Fumed
  • Gawped, Giggled, Glowered, Grieved, Grinned, Groaned, Growled, Grumbled, Grunted, Guessed
  • Held, Hesitated, Hinted, Hissed, Hollered, Howled, Hypothesized
  • Imparted, Imitated, Implied, Implored, Importuned, Inclined, Indicated, Informed, Inquired, Insisted, Interjected, Invited
  • Jabbered, Joked, Justified
  • Keened
  • Lamented, Laughed, Leered, Lied, Lilted
  • Maintained, Made known, Made public, Marked, Mewled, Mimicked, Moaned, Mocked, Mourned, Mumbled, Murmured, Mused
  • Necessitated, Noted
  • Observed, Offered, Ordered
  • Panted, Passed on, Pleaded, Pointed out, Pondered, Postulated, Praised, Preached, Premised, Presented, Presupposed, Probed, Proclaimed, Prodded, Professed, Proffered, Promised, Promulgated, Proposed, Protested, Provoked, Publicized, Published, Puled, Put forth, Put out
  • Quaked, Queried, Questioned, Quipped, Quavered, Quizzed, Quoted
  • Reassured, Raged, Ranted, Reckoned that, Rejoiced, Rejoined, Released, Remarked, Remonstrated, Repeated, Replied, Reported, Reprimanded, Requested, Required, Requisitioned, Retorted, Revealed, Roared
  • Said, Sang, Scoffed, Scolded, Screamed, Seethed, Sent on, Settled, Shared, Shouted, Shrieked, Shrugged, Shuddered, Snapped, Snarled, Sniffled, Sniveled, Snorted, Sobbed, Solicited, Sought, Specified, Speculated, Spluttered, Spread, Squeaked, Stammered, Stated, Stuttered, Stressed, Suggested, Supposed, Swore
  • Taunted, Teased, Testified, Thundered, Ticked off, Told, Told off, Touted, Trailed off, Transferred, Transmitted, Trembled, Trilled, Trumpeted
  • Understood, Undertook, Upbraided, Urged, Uttered
  • Verified, Vociferated, Voiced, Volunteered, Vouched for
  • Wailed, Wanted, Warned, Wept, Went on, Wheedled, Whimpered, Whined, Whispered, Wondered
  • Yawped, Yelled, Yelped, Yowled

Adverb, Action, or Details to Explain How Something Was Said

Okay, so despite the warning, you’ve decided you really do need to use another word for 'said.' You’ve found one you like and are determined to insert it in your text. In order to make your writing absolutely zing, you might want to go whole hog and add other words, gestures, details, or an adverb to convey or emphasize exactly how it was said.

The way it works is you choose whichever word for 'said' you fancy from the list above, then add a word or phrase after it from the list below. For example, "She promised, with a controlled smile," or "He remarked, with a gloomy sigh." But do not overdo it. Be very careful not to end up sounding amateurish.

Adverbs or Phrases to Use to Emphasize How Something Is Said

  • Abruptly, Absently, Acidly, After a moment's reflection, Angrily, Apologetically, Approvingly, Artfully
  • Broke in, Bemusedly

  • Calmly, Caustically, Cheerfully, Complacently, Thoughtfully, Crossly

  • Depressingly, Dryly

  • Earnestly, Enthusiastically

  • False cheerfulness, Friendly fashion

  • Gently, Gruffly

  • Happily, Hotly

  • Impatiently, In a casual tone, In a chiding tone, In a courteous manner, In a curious tone, In a dry tone, In a flirtatious way, In a level tone, In a level way, In a perpetually tired voice, In a rasping tone, In a small panicky voice, In a soothing tone, In quiet amazement, Indulgently, Informed sassily, Innocently, Inquired doubtfully, Irritably

  • Loftily, Loudly

  • Made the effort to sound reassuring, Meaning the words more seriously than they sounded, Mentally shrugged

  • Naturally, Nodded agreeably, Not wanting to sound pushy, Noncommittally

  • Offhandedly, Optimistically

  • Pleasantly, Politely, Politely smooth, Promised in a motherly/fatherly way, Prompted gently Promptly, Protested

  • Quietly

  • Reflectively, Roughly

  • Sadly, Sympathetically, Sarcastically, She went on, Sincerely, Smiled faintly, Smugly, Soberly, Softly, Sounded slightly brittle, Sparingly, Sternly,

  • Tartly, Tautly, Teased softly, Tightly, Truthfully

  • Uncertainly, Unexpectedly, Urgently

  • Vaguely, Voice soft with affection

  • Went on loyally, Wilfully misunderstood, With a controlled smile, With a fond look, With a gloomy sigh, With a note of relief, With a sad grimace, With a sad smile, With a sense of guilt, With a sigh of irritation, With burgeoning excitement, With conviction, With determination, With fire, With firm persistence, With gentle remonstrance, With graceful simplicity, With mock astonishment, With pleasure, With quiet empathy, With simple directness, Without sounding unduly curious, Wryly
  • Xenophobically
  • Yearningly
  • Zealously

What Stephen King Has to Say About Adverbs for Dialogue Attribution:

The adverb is not your friend. [...]

Someone out there is now accusing me of being tiresome and anal-retentive. I deny it. I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. To put it another way, they’re like dandelions. If you have one on your lawn, it looks pretty and unique. If you fail to root it out, however, you find five the next day . . . fifty the day after that . . . and then, my brothers and sisters, your lawn is totally, completely, and profligately covered with dandelions. By then you see them for the weeds they really are, but by then it’s — GASP!! — too late.

I can be a good sport about adverbs, though. Yes I can. With one exception: dialogue attribution. I insist that you use the adverb in dialogue attribution only in the rarest and most special of occasions . . . and not even then, if you can avoid it. Just to make sure we all know what we’re talking about, examine these three sentences:

‘Put it down!’ she shouted.
‘Give it back,’ he pleaded, ‘it’s mine.’
‘Don’t be such a fool, Jekyll,’ Utterson said.

In these sentences, shouted, pleaded, and said are verbs of dialogue attribution. Now look at these dubious revisions:

‘Put it down! she shouted menacingly.
‘Give it back,’ he pleaded abjectly, ‘it’s mine.’
‘Don’t be such a fool, Jekyll,’ Utterson said contemptuously.

The three latter sentences are all weaker than the three former ones, and most readers will see why immediately.

—Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft

What do you think?

How do you feel about using alternative words for 'said' and descriptive phrases and adverbs?

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If You Feel You Must Use Alternatives, Use Them Judiciously

Be sensible: Sprinkle other words in occasionally, and your work might sparkle—Pour with gay abandon, and your work will sink.

I hope this has been of some help. The lists are by no means comprehensive, and I’m sure everyone will want to add a few favourites – if you think of some, put them in the comments box below, and if they're sensible I might add them to the list.

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      Denny Lyon 8 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

      Thanks for helping other writers, especially as a mentor to those just learning the craft! Blogging this to my poetry blog as this is straight to the point and talks about something rarely mentioned in articles on writing online:

      http://TheSocialPoets.blogspot.com

      Thanks again for some great info to send along to others, much appreciated!

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      ajbarnett 8 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for the comment, Denny. You're very kind.

      I orignially put it as a short post on my blog, but it was so popular I decided to expand it and make a full article about it.

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      Denny Lyon 8 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

      Great idea! Thought more folks could benefit from it so blogged your blog to my blog. :) nothing like repetition to confuse people!

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      Elena. 8 years ago from Madrid

      Hi ajbarnett! This article is wonderful! I had never stopped to think about the word "said", everything you write makes so much sense! Thanks!

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      ajbarnett 8 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Very nice of you to say so, Elena. Glad I hit the right spot. I get on a soapbox sometimes, and this is one of those subjects.

      Some people think the opposite of course ....

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      stealth 8 years ago

      very nice, this helped me a lot with my english short-story assignment :)

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      ajbarnett 8 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for that, Stealth, and thanks for stopping by. Good luck with your other assignments.

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      Lena M. 8 years ago from Toronto

      Great list! These words give the definition of said, plus how they're said. Very helpful.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for that Lena. Good of you to say so.

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      That being said, a lot of advise out there claims that adverbs are O-U-T and that the word 'said' is better than using a lot of other words...though I do like some of them, but 'said' is really just to identify the speaker.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for the visit and comments, Dolores.

      What you say, of course endorses what my hub is all about. You SHOULDN'T use adverbs. The word said IS the best word to use - but some people still insist....

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      lacey marie 7 years ago from United States

      Great hub! I think I have a diction/word choice problem because I hate using the same words all the time in my writing haha. The thesaurus is my friend, and this hub is now my friend as well. I'm glad I found it :)

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for stopping by, Lacey. Glad you found it useful

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      luv.poem 7 years ago

      This is an amazing article! I find dialogue to be one of the most difficult aspects of writing for me, especially said!

      Thank you so much for writing this, it really is great!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      It's kind of you to say so, luv.poem. I'm glad you found it of use.

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      TinaKat 7 years ago

      This is a great article; I sent it to a friend whose story I am currently editing... Her writing's improved a bit, thanks to you! And I personally found this very entertaining. Good work! ^.^

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      write away 7 years ago from Maryland

      Great article. I found it very useful and bookmarked it for future reference. Thanks.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, TinaKat and Write Away. It's good when people find your work useful.

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      I am saying  7 years ago

      Was so usful for my homework I think I will hav the most words from every1 thanks !!!!!!!!!!

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      Batgirl 7 years ago

      Thanks for putting this list together, it's been a great help to me. :) I wonder, though, why include "Leered" in there since, when I look it up, this seems to mean something about the way you look at someone, not speak to them... I'm a bit confused.

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      Dink96 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      This is going to be one of my favorite reference tools. Thank you so much for gathering this together into one blog.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Hi, 'I am Saying', 'Batgirl', and 'Dink96'. Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you found the stuff useful.

      Batgirl, I was using artistic license to combine facial expression with speech in the same way we might use 'grinned'. You can't grin a sentence, you speak a sentence, but we all know what is meant, the speaker grins at the same time as speaking.

      However, the MAIN THRUST of the hub is to emphasize that it is BEST NOT to use alternatives. I just threw a few in if you really can't control the urge to use them.

      PLEASE try to avoid using alternatives.

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      Becki Rizzuti 7 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Ooooh! Great hub! I might want to link here from my descriptive writing hub on my next go-around with the editing and cultivating, if you wouldn't mind! VERY well thought-out and defined! Thank you!

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      privateye2500 7 years ago from Canada, USA, London

      Hmmmmm...I don't know....Does copying the Thesaurus Count as a HUB?

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      tdarby 7 years ago

      Some of the best advice out there for beginning writers--eliminating the word said as much as possible. Thanks for reminding me of this critical fact.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks guys.

      Privateye2500 - not sure if you're meaning me, but the info comes from years of jotting words down in my scrapbook, not from a purchased thesaurus. It's all original stuff.

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      Batgirl 7 years ago

      Thanks for the clarification. :) It makes plenty of sense! And oh yeah, totally avoiding alternatives - it's the "how things are said" list that's really a life saver for me. I'm not a native English speaker and these things don't always readily pop into my head, so it's awesome to have a list handy to be able to better describe scenes and sentiments. :) (and no, I don't use too many of those either. *lol*)

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      My English teacher always told us,' When you write anything with a conversation in it, go back and take out all the 'said's'.' the explanation was that it will read fine without them.

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      Just did this lesson with my class 2 weeks ago!

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      ZSY264 7 years ago

      Wow, this is great. All these words waiting to be used to substitute the dull, ambiguous 'said'! Great hub!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for stopping by and the comments, Hawkesdream, Cindyvine, and ZSY264.

      I'm glad your teacher advised that way, Hawkesdream. Shows he/she knows their stuff. You can't remove EVERY occasion, but providing it makes sense, then you should.

      ZSY264, the whole idea is NOT to use an alternative. The idea is to even leave OUT the word 'said' if possible. I gave the alternatives for those VERY FEW times when a descriptive word is essential.

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      girly_girl09 7 years ago from United States

      This is so wonderful! I, too, hate the word "said". Thanks so much for compiling this!

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      hi  7 years ago

      hi thanks helped a lot butgot more word at a different web site

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      BWEM 7 years ago

      I gotta say, so many people miss the point here. But for those of us who do get it, I may have a little extra help:

      In conversations with one speaker, instead of using "said" words, I like to describe the way their voice changes throughout the monologue, and only use one said word, usually "began" or something of that nature, at the beginning (obviously) of the passage.

      For two speakers: only the first line needs a "said" word. The rest are implied.

      for three + speakers:umm, that's tricky. said words are unavoidable. try using said (itself) plus adverbs in about 2/5 and other said words in another 2/5, and just said for the other 1/5.

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      Lexy Luthor 7 years ago

      As a young writer I am very glad to say that I greatly appreciate this hub. Now my writing wont be half as boring. I'm putting this page in my favorites. Thank you!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for stopping by, Lexy. I'm glad you've found it a help.

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      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      Great hub! Very useful for people like me who sometimes can't find variations to "said".

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Just remember not to use the alternatives too often, Jill. Try to avoid using ANYTHING to denote 'said', and your work will improve.

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      liminal 7 years ago

      Well said!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for the visit, Barb. It's very kind of you to say so. Be aware of not using the words too often - use sparingly..... and good luck.

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      Béla Mongyi 7 years ago

      Many authors use said a lot and do not substitute it as you said. My teacher aslo said the same think. Cindyvine also said she tells her class not to substitute said. That said, I think you said the truth. Great hub!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Hey, Béla Mongyi, good of you to take a look. Thanks for the fun comments, glad to be a help.

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      AsherKade 7 years ago from Texas

      yes!I've needed this type of article way back when I was writing my latest book! Where were you then? (smile) I've put it on my favorites now....

      THANKS!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      That a real compliment, AsherKade. Many thanks.

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      Jack1000 7 years ago

      "Awesome Hub" he acknowledged

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Hey Jack, clever response!!!!!

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      Seth Tomko 7 years ago from Macon, GA

      Thanks for the informative Hub.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      You're very welcome, Satomko.

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      world war II rationing 7 years ago

      WOW! i didn't know there wass that many other words for said!! thanx man, this can definatly help me wiv my story writing. :D

      all the best

      world war ii rationing. x

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      raiderfan 7 years ago from Arizona

      I think I'll bookmark this one.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Hi, Raiderfan and WorldwarII. Glad you both found it useful.

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      nutuba 7 years ago from North Carolina

      This is insightful and helpful, clear and to the point. Nicely done!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks, Nutuba. Good of you to say so.

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      Jarn 7 years ago from Sebastian, Fl

      I liked this piece very much and used all sorts of alternatives when I wrote my first book. Unfortunately most editors will crucify a person for using alternatives, likewise adverbs will be slashed without mercy. It makes for a very boring story, but if you want to get published you've got to cater to the editors first. The trick is to get anyone else interested in it after all those loving pages have been gutted of anything remotely close to meaning or decent literature. Sigh

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      Number 1 7 years ago

      It really helped my adventure story for school!

      thnx

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Hey, Number 1. Glad to be of help.

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      AdeleBo 7 years ago

      What a wonderful idea for an article, I'm bookmarking this!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for stopping by, Adelebo. Hope it helps.

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      KH 7 years ago

      Dear AJ,

      I liked what you said.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Clever....

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      forlan 7 years ago

      finally i find key for good writing thanks ajbarnett

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, Forlan. Glad it hit the right chord.

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      Amanda Davey 7 years ago from Canterbury, Kent, UK

      Extremely useful. Loved the alphabetical list. I'm going to pass the link on to all my fellow teachers as I think it will be extremely useful for them. I'm also going to link it on my education blog, My Tutor. Thanks for taking the time to put this all together.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Very kind of you to say so, Tigermadstanley. I'm glad to have provoked so much interest.

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      Illuminatii 7 years ago from California

      Thanks ever so much for this Hub! I am working on a book myself and "said" has always been an issue. This is very helpful. :)

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for stopping by, Illuminatii. I'm glad you've found it of use. Good luck with your book

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      Hopey 7 years ago

      "As a young writer I will be favouriting this page straight away. Not only does it provide a myriad of alternatives to the word said but it also gives advice on their appropriate use," he said.

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      C La 7 years ago

      But it's so haaaarrrrdddd....

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      markdarb 7 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Good article. I'm a little afraid of not using "said" in my novel, since every now and then in other books I've been left confused as to who was talking when the "said" was left out, but there are certainly places where it is obvious so I'll be sure to follow your advice. Thanks!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      You're quite right, Mark. The reader should never be in any doubt about who's speaking. Just don't over do things....

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      Bianca888 7 years ago

      If you pay attention, you can find that many authors use said constantly in their books- and it makes no difference or makes the story worse! I try not to OVERuse it, but I don't think that people should be trying to find alternatives so hard- people don't care! Said may be something people like to avoid overusing, but if you read a lot of best-selling authors' books, you'll see that they use it quite a lot! :p I'm actually writing a book, and I'm writing in in 1 person so I say "say" instead, but it's the same thing. And, if you're writing a teen/children's book, I'm 12, so don't worry- we don't care if the story's good!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Glad you've already noticed, Bianca. For some reason new writers think it's good to use alternatives - IT ISN'T.

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      salahhussein 7 years ago from Cairo

      is "said" pattern related to old world mind. a fashion i call it "narration mind".

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      mystixsprings 7 years ago from Long Beach

      I'm glad that you wrote this because "said" gets redundant in writing. I was reading a book on how to make writing clearer your hub is a big help.

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      juhi basoya 7 years ago

      Wow! This one is definitely bookmarked, even though I am sure to go with your advice to stick to "said." Thank you

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for stopping by, Salahussein, Mystixsprings and Juhi basoya. I'm glad you found it helpful.

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      salahhussein 7 years ago from Cairo

      Hi ajbarnett

      I can not understand clearly your saying "stopping". Do you mean "dictum speech" or "cutting dialog"

      Pleas, explain

      My regards

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      I'm sorry, Salahussein, in using 'stopping by' I was using vernacular. I was trying to thank you for reading my Hub and taking the time to leave a comment.

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      Shakola W. 7 years ago from Portsmouth, Virginia

      Thanks so much for writing this. I'm constantly trying to find words to use to describe someone's tone and here you've come up with four hundred! lol :]

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Glad to be of help, Shakola. Please use them sparingly though. Don't kill your work with adjectives and adverbs.

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      Misaki 7 years ago

      THANKS SO MUCH! This is awesome!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Many thanks, Misaki.

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      Vijay Agarwal 7 years ago

      Very informative hub!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks Vijay, it's good of you to comment.

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      kellyheath 7 years ago

      I'll never think about the word 'said' the same way again after reading the wonderful article.

      K x

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Hi Kelly. Thanks for that, it's good to feel useful. Glad it helped.

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      Janetta 7 years ago

      This is an excellent and much needed tool! I ma bookmarking this hub right now :)

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Hey, Janetta. That's very kind. Thank you.

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      revelationangel 7 years ago

      Wow, what a great help. Yes the word 'said' drives me crazy!!!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Hi Revelationangel, good of you to stop by. Thanks for the comment. Glad to be of help.

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      bubblez 7 years ago

      they were very good words thank u

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      You're welcome, Bubblez. Good of you to stop by and leave a comment.

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      Gabe 7 years ago

      The beauty of the word said is that it is invisible. I don't want to hear "the coach barked". I want to be able to focus on the dialogue and imagine how the coach talked. "Said" is good because the reader can focus on what is being said.

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      Gabe 7 years ago

      ...Just read the last bit. Thanks to the author for noting that authors sometimes go overboard!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Good of you to stop by, Gabe. Thanks for the observations.

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      DanSmithAuthor 7 years ago

      The closing comment is the most relevant here. Many writers and creative writing teachers would tell you not to use anything other than 'said' too often and probably wouldn't enourage the liberal use of adverbs. For me, writing peppered with people whining impatiently, crying painfully, interjecting forcefully, and proposing willfully is a little lazy and can sometimes be laughable - and no writer wants that. The character's actions and the dialogue itself should give us a clear indication of how that person is feeling and speaking. Just a thought.

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      domhain_12 7 years ago

      Well done! I will be referring back to this one often!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for that, Domhain_12. Glad it helps

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Great hub, this has been very helpful, thank-you!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks, Wrenfrost. Glad to be of help.

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      Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

      A fun, interesting and informative read. Thank you.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Glad you stopped by, Peter. Thanks for the comment.

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      jenblacksheep 7 years ago from England

      'said' has always bothered me, it's never occurred to me that it just blends into the background of the story, but now you've mentioned it I realise that's exactly what it does. It's like a mini revelation!! Thanx!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Hi Jen, sometimes it just needs a gentle nudge from a third party to make us realise we already know stuff. Now yo can get out there and 'kill-em'.

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      Legit 7 years ago

      WOW!! This is extremely Helpful. Almost like heaven in text!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Hey Legit, thanks. That's very kind of you.

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      Arthur Gulumian 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Amazing insight, I'd often thought about this particular topic at hand during countless occasions. I, also experimented a bit without actually adding the extra, "said" or "replied", "told", "informed", etc; as a result I realized it gave the reader a better connection with the dialogue. Although it seemed fine in my very own opinion, I did wish more than anything to have an outside opinion on the matter; you fit the bill. I appreciate your literary influence, please continue your work. I suspect there will be more of such fantastic works well along the future.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      That's very kind of you to say so, Arthur. Thank you. I'm glad it hit the mark

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      Mit Kroy 7 years ago from Georgia,USA

      Great teaching, this one gets a bookmark.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thank you for that, Mit Kroy. Glad you found it interesting

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      catwoman89 7 years ago

      nice article. Great collection.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Good of you to say so, Catwoman.

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      Kisscat 7 years ago

      Very interesting

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      Tamzin 7 years ago

      But still they are fantastic!!! I am a very bright and clever pupil and the teachers say i am a star! So the reason why I came on to this site is to WOW the teachers and knock em off there socks.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for reading the article Tamzin.

      To be honest, it isn't really aimed at nine and a half year old pupils so I'm not surprised you might not understand some of it.... but I'm glad you're taking such an interest.

      The MAIN aim of the article is to point out that you should really NOT try to keep using substitute words for 'said'.

      I'm trying to say that 'said' is actually an okay word. You CAN use an alternative every now and then, but you really shouldn't overdo it.

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      thirdmillenium 7 years ago from Here, There, Everywhere

      How very thoughtful of you to have taken the trouble of putting together this article. Thank you in deed

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thank you for that, thirdmillenium. Kind of you to say so. Hope it helped out somewhere.

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      anonymous82 7 years ago

      WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE???

      I hate the word said, so I was delighted to find your hub. Very useful. You're awesome.

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      MrVish 7 years ago

      Very nice article. Interesting because as a writer, your compulsion is arguably to communicate something as effectively as possible by selecting the most appropriate words (each word being used with the utmost precision and pin-point accuracy), and so because in written speech one is at times forced for sake of clarity to employ the word 'said' one feels obliged to imbue the 'said' with greater meaning and issue the reader further guidance as to tone and manner of dialogue. But I agree, one must fight this urge because it is a bit of a false marker, ideally it shouldn't be there in the first place, therefore any alternatives tend to impede and hinder the immediacy of dialogue. All aspects concerning mood and tone are established outside of the speech. I've never thought about this till now, but i enjoyed the hub and also considering why we want to use 'said' and its alternatives.

      Also, I must say, it's mightily impressive that you've responded to pretty much every comment! Cheers AJ, hope to read more of your stuff soon.

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      teinesith 7 years ago

      "This article made me smile," she said.

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      John Harper 7 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Well said kind squire! - I shall now review my hubs to see how I'm fairing.

      Many thanks

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thank you guys for taking the time to read and comment on the hub. Sorry I didn't reply sooner and haven't responded individually, , but I've been on vacation for a few days and comments and mail sort of bulit up.

      Glad it hit the right note for you all. It's good when other writers react positively to a piece of work.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks Socit2009. Kind of you to say so.

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      Sunny River 7 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality

      Wow. This is great! I'll definitely be looking to use some of these in my own writing. Thanks!

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      Elyse Eaton 7 years ago

      Found your hub helpful. Thanks. I am finding all the advice "out there" a bit overwhelming. A useful article, like this one, feels like a bite sized piece that I can mull over and implement easily.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      So glad to be of help, Elyse. Hope you got my main thrust - that you shouldn't really look for alternatives for 'said'.

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      J Rosewater 7 years ago from Australia

      You are so right: an over abundance of alternatives is what editors look for in a newbie writer's submission. They especially hate the ones starting with G.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for the vote of approval, J Rosewater. Glad you took the time to read and comment. Much appreciated.

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Ralwus says, "Great hub." Now he bows removing his hat for this great author and teacher.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Hey Ralwus, thanks for stopping by and for the kind words.

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      Tamzin  7 years ago

      im 10 now! we havet to do it in our class and i am making a story which is my own myth and i want to wow my mum and dad and family

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      Betty 7 years ago

      I'm writing a story about people in the woods.

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      Rylee 7 years ago

      Fantastically helpful as I am writing my second book as my first is in the hands of an agent. I am hopeful.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Hi Rylee. Let's keep fingers crossed you get placed soon.

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      mpurcell10 7 years ago from Arkansas

      Thank you.

      Very helpful.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      I'm glad you think so, Mpurcell10. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      Tessa 7 years ago

      This is wonderfull!

      I am only 13 and writing a story. This really helped me, said can get so dull if used too much so thank you.

      may i suggest words like 'hissed' or 'growled' too, these are the words that I use a lot in my "novel".

      Thanks a lot!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Hi Tessa. It's good to hear that you're writing - I think it's great - but please be aware that the theme of this article is that 'said' is actually GOOD to use.

      You might feel it's boring, but it really is an invisible word. Readers don't see it. Any alternative WILL be seen and might make your story worse. Please be careful how many times you use them.

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      deepherlioness 7 years ago

      this is awesome, i am a writer and i definitely struggle with "said". its crazy how such a little word can impact a sentence so intensely

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks deepherlioness, to be judged kindly by your peers is the highest compliment

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      Twilight 7 years ago

      Thanks that helped a lot the word said is very dull when said ti much

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      ari+me 7 years ago

      wow this has been a huge help with creative writing class. this has been a good help.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for the comments guys. Glad you found the article of some help

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      regality 7 years ago from Iloilo City, Philippines

      nice hub ;)

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for that, Regality. Good of you to comment.

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      I have always squirmed a little when writers use words like "quipped" or "chuckled" instead of the straight-forward and simple word "said". It has always seemed to me a little forced and pretentious. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for that, Tonymac04. Kind of you to stop by.

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      Just another reviewer (: 7 years ago

      Can you please do a hub on using better vocabulary for common words? For example, ask would be inquire? And how to phrase sentences better? Like, "She saw a a weird looking tree thing!" would be, "The girl saw a plantlike figure hovering above." Sorry my examples are kind of bad. XD

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      Audrevea 7 years ago

      I'm not surprised so many people love this hub. People are always asking me, 'what's another word for ...' and 'said' is right at the top of the list.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for that, Audrevea. I'm glad it's hit the mark.

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      Laura Spector 7 years ago from Chiang Mai, Thailand

      Just stumbled upon this hub and had quite an enjoyable read. Thank you so much for posting this. I'll be sure to bookmark and reference it often! I do a lot of editing on early 20th century fiction/out of print books and am often in a quandary about such things. Thanks for making life easier.

      Cheers!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thank you, Laura. Glad to be of service. Glad you stumbled this way.

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      bbpaula888 7 years ago

      This is great! Thanks a lot. I have a difficult time trying to think of alternatives for said.

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      Julie 7 years ago

      hey im only 13 and im writing a book and i just wanted to say tahnk you this website has helped me out .. :D X

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Hi Julie. Glad you found it useful.... and good luck with your book.

      Check my other Hubs on writing for a few more hints and tips. You might glean a little something from them as well.

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      ALBZx 7 years ago

      This is perfect! xxxx

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      beebeebook 7 years ago

      WOW, thank you..this is great

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      RS Wight 7 years ago

      Thanks for publishing this! It was nothing new to me but I still loved reading it, your wit makes it very enjoyable where coverage from others has often been very dry indeed.

      Of course, not everyone just "says" things (it would be nice if they did) sometimes they actually do shout or whisper or question or croon in baby gibberish, and that's where you have to get creative in telling the reader how it was done without going crazy.

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      Christopher Floyd 7 years ago from Kansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

      Nicely done. I will be referring back to this hub frequently.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Beebeebook, RS Wight and Christopher Floyd, thank you for reading and commenting on my Hubpage. So good to get such a large amount of feedback.

      RS Wight - of course you're quite correct, I just wanted to draw attention to its abuse.

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      Jenny 7 years ago

      it has helped me with my homework! thank you

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      RS Wight 7 years ago

      And that's where your list is just lovely!

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      iswontel 7 years ago

      Thank you very much for this post, it made me really question whether I need to use the 'said' word so much. I've been searching for an alternative, and you listed the probably appropriate 'asked', but I think on reflection I will leave it blank as it is obvious who is doing the asking in my story.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Good thinking, Iswontel. If it's obvious, don't use anything.

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      Tika 7 years ago

      Wow, my class did a list of anywords we could think of and we only got about 100, I didn't even know there were this many! Pretty interesting!

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      Sarah 7 years ago

      Great list, I'll definitely be keeping this in my favorites folder!

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thank you Tika and Sarah. It's kind of you to stop by and comment.

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      Samuel 7 years ago

      Thanks for the help. I'm 13 and writing a story. There's plenty of dialog in my story and I was a little shocked with the amount of times I had used said.

      So I googled alternates to said and your blog was the first page. Its been a great amount of help.

      BTW I didn't eliminate around 40% of the saids, is that ok?

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Nice to hear from you Samuel and I'm glad the Hubpage helped you a little.

      You can't simply stop using 'said', your work has to make sense. However, the fact that you are now aware of it will make you a better writer - good luck with it.

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      Caitlin 7 years ago

      Thanks for the help ajbarnett!

      It was really helpful. I'm fourteen years old and hoping to become an author when I am older. I am currently writing a novel and I am sick to death of the word said, I have tried not to use it. But it always seems to pop up somewhere!

      Your hub helped a lot!!! Thanks :)

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      NateSean 7 years ago from Salem, MA

      You know where the apprehension of "said" stars don't you? It begins in high school when an English teacher preaches against the word said.

      Then what you get is a slue of Tom Swiftys "saying", "hissing", "spitting" "ejaculating loudly" (No one in high school used that last one and I've only read it being used in British literature but I digress) and so forth.

      Definitely not an easy thing to grow out of.

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      blackmarx 7 years ago from Rice Lake, WI

      great job! You "SAID" it all!

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      TJ Sampson 7 years ago

      Thanks ajbarnett you have really helped i shall advise this to my school.

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      sally 7 years ago

      hey this is a really helpful list for young writers!!! thanks!+)

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      Amanda 7 years ago

      Your hub was exactly what I needed! I actually laughed out loud:) The word said (and smiled) has been driving me mad! While your list is awesome it also is a relief to know that said is perfectly acceptable as is nothing at all and I will start practicing this in my book! Thank you!

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      askjanbrass 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      How I wish I'd had access to this Hub earlier on! What a fantastic topic. I can't recall how many times I've been writing and been at a loss for one or more of these substitutes. Said, said, said. I agree, it starts to drive my crazy.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks you guys, I'm so glad you've found the hub helpful

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      Brandy 7 years ago

      Hey there. Just decided to try my hand at writing a story/book and these are so helpful! So thank you!

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      Lucy 7 years ago

      Yah, thats four hundred words, but I was looking for words like angrily or babbled

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      Nilesh 7 years ago

      can you suggest me another word for USED IN

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      Noroia 7 years ago

      Actually, I _do_ notice the constant usage of the word "said", and it almost immediately makes me want to put the book down.

      It feels like I am being repeatedly hit on the head with a dull, lifeless brick. I think it's rather presumptuous to assume that everyone can ignore a word that seems to pop up ever five seconds or so, adds absolutely nothing to the story, and doesn't at all set the tone for anything.

      I would rather have a picture painted for me than being pelted by the sharp little paintball that is the word "said", rapidly and repeatedly.

      I feel less like dying when I don't see it at all in a work, and often times I think that those who feel like they 'squirm' when they see other things have been conditioned to do so by extremely antiquated thinking.

      Creative writing, much like art, should always be evolving, in my opinion.

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      ppd 6 years ago

      dang there are so may words that can help me with my story writing man am i going th mention you when i win a CALLTOCOT

      thanks

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      lucy 6 years ago

      yay! thats 400 words in my specil book now well for said lmffao

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      Cassie Helmick 6 years ago

      heyyy you sound nice dude. soo heyy (:(:(:(:

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      alternative investments 6 years ago

      I really didn't think it could be improved anymore but 550!

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      something 6 years ago

      this helped me

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      Jenny 420 6 years ago

      OMG i have to write a story with at least 15 dialogues but i can't use said!!! THANKS SO MUCH

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      georgia 6 years ago

      hey guys thanx for helping me with homework for said words. it's helped me heaps. bye

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      Emily Bell 6 years ago

      Wow it is cool thanks Aj barnet!! How did you find all those words for said?

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      emily smith  6 years ago

      yelled

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      TigerCrona 5 years ago

      thank you very much for this! it is very handy for my english assignments!

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      ajbarnett 5 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thank you, TigerCrona, glad you thought it useful.

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      Drew Dias 5 years ago

      Much appreciated. Thanks for the help. I was stuck, and then I read this. My first novel will be that much better for your help.

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      ajbarnett 5 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks for the kind comment, Drew. Good luck with your novel.

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      rashell 5 years ago

      um the word stuttered is not used in the s's

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      Cory 5 years ago

      what about croaked?

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      ajbarnett 5 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks, Rashell and Cory. Have added them now.

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      pickles 5 years ago

      you could also use warn. "Not just yet" mom warned.

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      ajbarnett 5 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Very true, Pickles. I'll put it in - however, I must point out to everyone - the article is to explain that you should NOT to use alternative words for said unless absolutely necessary.

      The whole crux of the article is that 'said' is an invisible word that readers ignore. ANY other word draws attention to itself and detracts from the story.

      If it is clear in the passage who is speaking, add nothing at all, do not even use 'said'.

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      Pluto 5 years ago

      Well, I really appreciate this. I never realized how much I skimmed over the word said, so when writing my own work, I tried to put in lots of other fancy words. Once I read the intro, though, I went back to look at writing and realized that it was fine to use the word said. It opened my eyes a bit, thanks! Thank you, google.

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      alisiya 5 years ago

      lol!

      these help me a lot with a book im doing on notepad

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      lancelot 5 years ago

      "To modify verbs or write adverbs is human, to write only 'he said' or 'she said' is divine." - Stephen King

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      muffin 123 5 years ago

      Thanks so much it helps me a lot to know that there are others words then said out there. I really dont like the word "said" it drives me crazy because authors in books sometimes use the word to much, but I just wanted to say thanks it really helped me

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      Alicia 5 years ago

      Thank you for this. I have always struggled with dialoge and always get hung up on "said", I intend to use this idea in the future when writing. Thanks!

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      Alex Davis 5 years ago

      I just came about this article on Google. This article is a great resource for writers. I get sick of the word ''said'' It drives me crazy as well. Good article.

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      ajbarnett 5 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      So glad it has been useful to you, Muffin and Alicia

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      :) 5 years ago

      quite helpful hor my homework

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      Katrina 5 years ago

      Thank you so much! This is more than what I'm looking for. :)

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      Mojo Mouse 5 years ago

      Tis helped me so much.

      it was so much more than I needed

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      Mojo Mouse 5 years ago

      My last comment the word tis was ment to be this

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      kannisha12 5 years ago

      This helped me so much!!

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      Chloe 5 years ago

      thanks i was writing something and i needed other words apart from said :)))

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      farah 5 years ago

      thank you , but can you help me by saying the alternatives for sain in the letter Z,X

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      Reo 5 years ago

      Thanks! This has helped me a lot!

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      Reo 5 years ago

      Wow! this is very helpful. thank you so much!

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      Jess 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for this. I had to write a one and a half page writing that all had to be conversation and I had said said heaps. this helped me so much so thank you. I love you for this

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      jessica 5 years ago

      thank you so much this is going to help me so much writing my book

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      SpyroMan 5 years ago

      Thanks for putting this out there! I write a lot of short stories and this really helps add something meaningful to what my characters are talking about. These definitely shake up the drab use of "said". Thanks a bundle!

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      lewis 5 years ago

      Cheers that helped a lot

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      bobby 5 years ago

      thx it was awsome

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      pepole chick 5 years ago

      omg thanks so much u are so smart to think of so much other words from said.this has nouthing to do with the subject but i love taylour lautner

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      lolppls 5 years ago

      verry cool dudes this realy helps even for little kids

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      Victoria Long 5 years ago

      Would I be forward if I told you I loved you? I have been looking for such a list forever! Thanks so much!

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      Nick 5 years ago

      I agree!!! Plus, what's the use of a fancy word if you just end up using that word over and over again, like said?

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      raven 5 years ago

      thank you i had to write another chapter for a book and it helped a lot

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      Abby 4 years ago

      that helped so much i am going to be looking at that every day. Thx XXXOOO

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      Brheanna 4 years ago

      What am I to do. I absolutely 100% hate hate hate hate hate hate HATE the word 'said'. It bugs me. I hate reading it. I hate writing it. It sounds robotic in my head. I hate the fact that people tell me I HAVE to use it. No, it's not invisible to me. It feels like it's highlighted with a neon orange background. I can't get over my dislike for that word.

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      niamhy 4 years ago

      said is soooo boring its always said said said cant people get a bit interesting like sighed or moaned.

      this website helped me soooooooooooooooo much for my homework which is for my story.

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      Moira 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for this article! I'm a fanfiction writer and this has helped me so much, thank you.

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      Kayla 4 years ago

      I don't really understand this article. I would think you'd want to encourage writers to use better words. Wouldn't your paper/story become ,kind of,like, a broken record? Shouldn't writer use better words than said, said, said? Of course I'm probably wrong I am only thirteen. I was just looking for another word to substitute said. This article was very good and helpful to the story I'm writing on. Thank you ajbarnett for the words I just think we shouldn't write said all the time. Thank you again and good bye. :p

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      Emily 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for this! As a writer who is still developing her voice and style, I find it hard to add "flavor" to my writing. This will help a lot!

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      Hailey 4 years ago

      Lots of words but you should put the meanings next to them. If you do this then people wouldn't hav to look them all up in a dictionary when they find a word they like. Put the meanings and we'll talk about putting this page in my new book. I'll be in touch.

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      Lucy 4 years ago

      I agree with Hailey. I am a published author who hates to use said all the time so I would like to try new words so if you could put the meanings I will put the name of your websites on my about the author page. I will also be in touch. Joe vous remedies!!

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      Purple midnite 4 years ago

      I like to use yammer or yammered in my writings it means to talk loudly and continually

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      Vanita 4 years ago

      WOW... It's incredible. I just can't stop looking at it. Congrats.

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      Starky99 4 years ago

      This page has really helped me with homework I hadn't a clue what to do and know I have lots of ideas. This website is now on my favourites on my laptop.

      Thanks!!

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      JC 13 4 years ago

      thanks so much!!! Writing dialogue for a novel that I am trying to start and this is such an amazing help!!

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      A PERSON 4 years ago

      Thank you, I enjoyed reading the page and it helped me. I am just writing a book for entertainment and this helped. I do recommend organizing the words by meaning, not my the letter they start with. You posted "scream" next to "smiled" basically, so inconvenient.

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      boberto 4 years ago

      helped with my language arts homework

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      Corn Pie 4 years ago

      "Said" is not an alternative word for said!

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      Maddy 4 years ago

      What about "Trailed off" as a replacement?

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      ajbarnett 4 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Sounds okay to me - thanks, Maddy.

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      Human 4 years ago

      Why is there no 'k' word that can replace said

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      ajbarnett 4 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Hi, Human. If you check, you'll see 'Keened' is an alternative word for said

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      Suna 4 years ago

      Wow, this is so impressive and helpful. It's brought a lot of color to my writing, what a wonderful article.

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      Stellar Phoenix Review 4 years ago

      This design is spectacular! You definitely know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost..haha) Fantastic job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool! Stellar Phoenix Review

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      Jon 3 years ago

      quoted might be a good word for said

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      ls123 3 years ago

      you could add warned to your list

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      ajbarnett 3 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      I'm sorry Is123, but it's already there, you must have missed seeing it

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      Nobody 3 years ago

      Thank you so much! This helped tremendously with my english short story project! Thank you x 1,000,000

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      Sparklingbluefire 3 years ago

      thank you so much! I am 10 years old and I have written 70 pages on my book. I used said a lot before but now I have altered that and now there's only a few parts which say that.

      Thank you x 100,000,000

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      slugface11 3 years ago

      Wow! That is a lot of words. Reassured isn't on the list by the way. You could add that.

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      ajbarnett 3 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks, Slugface11. I've added your suggestion.

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      Sally D 3 years ago

      Look what you've done! My daughter is crying because this is so wonderful. :-)))

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      Et 3 years ago

      Thanks

      It was useful for my homework !

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      Richard Schiver 3 years ago

      Can't remember where but I've read in the past that readers have become conditioned to read said without a thought. If the characters emotions are properly conveyed by the writer there is no need to point out the inflection of their dialogue, the reader will know they are angry, sad, happy, scared without being reminded.

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      ajbarnett 3 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks, Richard. That's exactly what I try to say in the article.

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      monkey 3 years ago

      panted would be a good word

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      ajbarnett 3 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      Thanks, Monkey. I've added it now.

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      monkey 3 years ago

      this helped me a lot on a paper!

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      bib 3 years ago

      i was offended by the picture

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      Aman2272 3 years ago

      helped me lots on my book/ english paper so thanks !

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      (= wild child 3 years ago

      it helped me on my poum for that i am thankfull

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      Dark Bubbles 3 years ago

      wow awsome really helpful great article

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      America 3 years ago

      Thank you this helps me continue writing my novel...sadly all I could think of as words instead of said was

      smirked

      mumbled

      says

      questioned

      asked

      Mostly simple words that are used every day

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      ronald 3 years ago

      thanks this helps so much with bringing emotion to my story

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      Chou 3 years ago

      Squeal is also a good word instead of said. It does't seem to be one your list. like "Ann squealed with excitement when she saw her favourite band performing in the park"

      There's also screamed.

      Hope that helps! :-)

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      Jonathan 3 years ago

      Nicely done.

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      somebody 2 years ago

      Thanks for the help, I write Online Fan Factions, and I'm afraid that my story is getting boring because I was limited on the words like 'said' 'yelled' 'retorted' and things like so. Nice Job!

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      Titan 2 years ago

      OK but they should have added more

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      ajbarnett 2 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      I think you've missed the point, Titan. The idea of the article is to explain that OTHER words for said should RARELY be used. Said, is a little word that disappears to most readers - unless of course they are also writers searching text for alternatives...

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      darkocean 2 years ago

      Thank you for this it is actually annoying to me to put in he/she said kind of stuff, unless its really needed of course. I just thought that you had to haha, well live and learn.

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      me 2 years ago

      interrupted is another word

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      Brooke 2 years ago from South Carolina

      Very helpful! My first roughly-completed novel avoided the use of said in every way. I kept hearing from other people who read my manuscript that they felt it could be better. I see now that my substitution for said was unbelievably overused. I am going to start thinking about whether to use 'said' or substitute with the utmost care. Thanks so much!

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      ajbarnett 2 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      So glad it helped. So many writers misunderstand what an invisible word 'said' is, and even more feel they have to explain who is speaking and how they say it, at every opportunity.

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      Theresa M. Odom-Surgick 2 years ago from Albany, New York

      Great information! Now I have to go back and look at my 'said'. Thanks much!

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      Pharme589 2 years ago

      Very nice site!

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      Madison Ward 2 years ago

      hey there. thank you for this amazing and awesome list of words to use instead of 'said'. I'm needing help with other words then said in a story I'm writing for my Home Economics class and this list really helped. thank you again and keep up the good work :)

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      Geraldine 2 years ago

      Thank you for this awesome list, I'm doing my own writing and I just kept running out alternative words for 'said', but your list really helped thanks :')

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      Alalal333 2 years ago

      Wowser ajbarnett!!!! This is the best site for alternatives for said

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      Lad. 2 years ago

      Thanks loads, this helped me a lot.

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      Joseph Machney 2 years ago from Canada

      Thanks ajbarnett, this was just what I needed for helping me with writing my book. Perfect! Much appreciated!

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      123454321 2 years ago

      how did i only just find this today?????? this helps so much!!! :)

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      tiffanyrose2015 23 months ago

      Awesome hub! :-)

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      Anna-Grace 23 months ago

      That helped me a lot. Thank you

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      Lynne 22 months ago

      Thanks a lot for your advice. I am writing a fantasy story and wondered if I was over using the word said. I feel a lot more confident after reading other comments.

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      EH 17 months ago

      I found another list that may be useful http://ayrbray.com/2014/09/words-to-use-instead-of...

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      TimegirlRose 17 months ago

      Thank you for creating this website. It's been a big help, as my family can't help me edit my fanfic.

      I've also got a word to add; snorted.

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      hi 9 months ago

      great

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      Evan Bell 9 months ago

      Out of curiosity, what is your opinion on weaving action into dialogue, such as following said with 'pushing himself away from the table and walking to the window." I understand that such followups are technically covered in the adverbs, action, and details segment (as the title suggests), but, as a writer whose work is often rather dialogue-centric, I often fear that without these bits of action the conversations would begin to seem somewhat stagnant. Often the accompanying statement comes to encapsulate more than one action, unlike my earlier example, and becomes rather substantial, in a manner that I must say looks to me to be satisfactory. After reading this article, however, I've begun to wonder if the quality of my writing is suffering from it.

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      piano 6 months ago

      thanks this was so helpful

      another one to add: chanted

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      Counter Attack ;) 6 months ago

      You do not in fact have 550 alternative words BUT 679!

      THIS MESSAGE WAS FROM YOU'RE LOCAL Counter Attack.

      ^^^^^

      Count, get it? Get it?

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      ash 5 months ago

      cool web site

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      destiny jenks 5 months ago

      wow that is alot of words

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      Hailey 2 months ago

      Thanks for the help—this is great for college essays!

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      Sarah 5 weeks ago

      This is really helpful!!!

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      Robbie 2 weeks ago

      this really helped me write my own story project thank you so much i use this site everyday thank you

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