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