Where has this been all my life!?
this is cool + useful but by all means said is not dead!!!!! these words should be used INCREDIBLY sparingly because “said” and “says” are very nice neutral words that are absolutely not intrusive in the writing. “he said” flows so much better than “he acknowledged”, which just rips you out of the story!!
you should convey emotion in writing! it’s all well and good to use “he whispered” or “he yelled” or whatever but when you’re talking about regular speech stay away from shit like “remarked”. “chimed” and “beamed” are both words that will also rip you out of the story completely. they are not words you see normally!
use said!!!! use said as much as you can! if you use words in this list make sure that you use them sparingly! a little sprinkle is fine but using too many of them makes it look like you went through a thesaurus and it is just odd and obtrusive!
Except I find “said” to be incredibly intrusive. I’d rather read more specific ways as to what was said. I don’t want to read the same repetitive word over and over, it’s like getting slapped frequently in the face with a damp cloth.
I agree with you, Phantom. Ech, a lot of writing “wisdom” irritates me as much as art “wisdom.”
"Blue is the best colour! Blue is best! Everyone likes blue! Everything must be blue!"
Writing is as subjective as any other art. There is no one way to do it. And excessive use of “said” bothers me in the same way that a sparing use of it seems to bother that other person. We don’t all want to be Hemingway.
Why are people so afraid of English? It’s among the greatest languages in the world. Don’t pussyfoot around when you use it - hook your fingers deep into its tissue and BLEED IT DRY.