He said/She said

he_said_She_saidIn writing, “said” is often one of those words we read over or take for granted. It’s almost like “the.” In fact, we often leave it out. But, as writers, sometimes we can get lazy and use “said” plus a modifier to convey a meaning better expressed with a stronger verb.

So, as you review your dialogue, think about a few of these words that might help you tell the reader just what your character is saying.

Here is my list of 21 strong verbs that help convey the emotion in dialogue.

  1. argued
  2. boasted
  3. bragged
  4. complained
  5. dared
  6. demanded
  7. denied
  8. guessed
  9. joked
  10. lied
  11. muttered
  12. objected
  13. offered
  14. quipped
  15. reasoned
  16. recalled
  17. shouted
  18. stammered
  19. teased
  20. tested
  21. warned

If you have a favorite word for said, add it in the comments.

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3 thoughts on “He said/She said

  1. Since I love writing a good argument, I think my favorite “said” is fumed. “I think the window closed for you to be anything other than talentless whore when you sold your soul to Diego for nothing more than a few dipped pearls. “Luis fumed.

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