Where has this been all my life!?
yes said isn’t always the best option but it also works pretty well in a lot of situations and I’ve had it up to here with snobbish purple prose pushing BS
THIS ^^^ my writing suffered badly when I thought I wasn’t allowed to use the word ‘said’.
Note from a guy who used to work at a publishing house, and would spend all day choosing which manuscript didn’t get published:
This is utter bullshit.
Said isn’t dead, said is subtle.
An important part about writing dialogue is to try and keep the audience focus on what’s being said and why. How it’s being said is important, but using lots of unusual adjectives only draws attention to your writing itself.
Which is bad.
Ever notice that when you’re reading a book, you don’t pay attention to the words, but almost feel like you’re in the world living the experience? By making people notice the words, you’re destroying that experience and alienating your audience. Which isn’t actually just bad, it’s terrible.
When reading, we gloss over the word ‘said’, taking note that it is there subconsciously without being alienated. I’m not saying you can never use other words, but keep it to an absolute minimum. This will also give them more impact when you do put them in your writing.
Use said. It’ll get you published.