He said, she said. ‘Said’ can get boring fast. No one wants to read ‘said’ every two sentences. Replace it with any of these 11 words to spice up your writing.
Said isn’t always the right word.
Finding an useful word that fits your writing can be hard. People settle on the most used word: said. Writers should use the right word, not the easiest. How do you want your readers to read the story? Is it being yelled at them? Whispered?
“Yeah, I guess you’re right.” she said, a tear slipped down her cheek.
‘Said’ doesn’t use the emotion that other words do. You should be able to feel something through that sentence. It needs a more engaging word.
“Yeah, I- I guess you’re right” she stammered, as a tear slipped down her cheek.
This version of the sentence gives you a better understanding of what the character’s going through. She didn’t just say it; she stammered it. Writers should paint a unique picture of their characters. Try out any of these words in place of said to make your writing pop.
If you’re writing a stern character, use stated. It gives the finality that the character will have the last word. No words will win against them.
“No, I’m not going home. I’m staying right here.” He stated.
Let’s get loud! Writing words like exclaimed immediately turns up the volume for your readers. ‘Said’ doesn’t convey the excitement or urgency that ‘exclaimed’ does.
She jumped to her feet, exclaiming, “Are you serious? There are more words than ‘said’?”
Reassured comforts not only the character, but the reader. Words need to push the reader and the writer to feel emotion. ‘Said’ doesn’t do that.
“Don’t worry, it’s okay.” he reassured her with a pat on the back.
The perfect word for young love. Words like gushed bring your writing to life.
“You look great today, Louise,” Henry gushed.
Writers know the ‘sigh’ all too well. It’s a brilliant tool to replace ‘said’ because it works in countless situations.
The writer sighed, “Oh, all right. I guess I won’t use ‘said’ too many times.”
This word expresses nervousness in a way that ‘said’ can’t touch. Writing need words that give a great visual image.
“Are y-you sure about t-that?” Jed stammered with a glance over his shoulder.
‘Insisted’ allows a writer to give their character confidence. They know what they’re talking about. It’s a perfect word for know-it-all characters.
“No. Listen to me. I know more about words than you!” he insisted.
Nervousness. Anxiety. Quiet anger. ‘Said’ can only do so much. Mumbled is a wonderful word. Writers that use words like ‘mumbled’ add excitement to their writing.
He mumbled under his breath, “Don’t say that.”
The word ‘joked’ injects personality into your characters. Writers wanting to add personality should use more words like ‘joked’ instead of ‘said’.
“You up to paying tonight?” Jessie joked.
Words in our writing, like blurted, builds up our story. Instead of just ‘said’, she ‘blurted’. It adds suspense.
“What words are you talking about?” she blurted.
‘Said’ doesn’t compare to the emotion in ‘snapped’. It climaxes an argument. It’s a powerful word to use in your writing.
He jumped to his feet and snapped, “I like all 11 words, okay?”