What to say when said is too much.


Writing techniques, and selecting another word instead of ‘said’.

Have you been contemplating writing? Or have you written a short story or eighty thousand words? Writing can be therapeutic until you begin the editing side of things. Some authors love editing, while others hate it with a passion.

Things to look out for – repeating words. Check your word doc and go to search or find and type in a word you notice multiple times. Discover just how many times you have the one word. See if you can change it for another word meaning the same thing.

For example the word said – try any of these, depending on the storyline and character.

Affectionate – alternative for said.

  • admired
  • consoled
  • comforted
  • sighed
  • reassured
  • gushed
  • soothed
  • praised
  • professed
  • beamed
  • empathized
  • invited
  • offered
  • volunteered

Sad – Alternative for said

  • sobbed
  • wept
  • pleaded
  • grieved
  • mourned
  • sniveled
  • mewled
  • cried
  • blubbered
  • lamented
  • bawled
  • mumbled
  • sighed
  • wailed
  • begged
  • sniffled

Anger – alternative for said

  • shouted
  • yelled
  • growled
  • bellowed
  • nagged
  • accused
  • fumed
  • criticized
  • seethed
  • snapped
  • demanded
  • retorted
  • hissed
  • upbraided
  • remonstrated
  • scolded
  • taunted
  • teased

Fearful alternative for Said

  • screamed
  • cautioned
  • warned
  • stammered
  • gasped
  • stuttered
  • blurted
  • trembled
  • quavered
  • faltered
  • shrieked
  • quaked
  • thundered
  • swore

Excitement alternative for said

  • cheered
  • cried out
  • beamed
  • rejoiced
  • exclaimed
  • gushed
  • yelled
  • crowed
  • hollered
  • trumpeted
  • sang

Uncertainty instead of said.

  • wondered
  • asked
  • queried
  • questioned
  • hesitated
  • inquired
  • supposed
  • speculated

Emotional words for said

  • advised
  • implied
  • entreated
  • hinted
  • concluded
  • claimed
  • held
  • contended
  • suggested
  • insisted
  • expressed
  • voiced
  • chimed in
  • put forth
  • announced
  • observed
  • imparted
  • noted
  • began
  • continued
  • uttered
  • shared
  • revealed
  • replied
  • explained
  • whispered
  • went on
accusedcorrectedlamentedridiculed
acknowledgedcoughedlaughedroared
addedcounteredlecturedsang
admittedcriedliedsassed
advisedcroakedlispedscoffed
affirmedcrowedmaintainedscolded
agreedcursedmarvelledscreamed
allegeddaredmentionedscreeched
announceddecidedmimickedseethed
answereddeclaredmoanedshared
apologizeddefendedmockedshot
approveddemandedmotionedshouted
argueddemurredmumbledshrieked
askeddeniedmurmuredshrilled
asserteddescribedmusedsighed
assureddisagreedmutteredsimpered
babbleddisclosednaggedslurred
badgereddivulgednoddedsmirked
barkeddrawlednotedsnapped
bawleddribbledobjectedsnarled
beganechoedobservedsneered
beggedeffusedofferedsnickered
bellowedemphasizedopinedsniffed
bleatedencouragedorderedsniffled
blubberedexclaimedpantedsnorted
blurtedexplainedpesteredsobbed
boastedexplodedpipedspat
boomedexultedpleadedspeculated
braggedfinishedpledspilled
breathedfrettedpointed outspluttered
bubbledgaspedponderedspoke
burst outgawkedpraisedsputtered
cackledgibedprayedsqueaked
cajoledgiggledproclaimedsquealed
calledgloatedpromisedstammered
cautionedgreetedpronouncedstarted
challengedgrimacedproposedstated
chatteredgroanedprotestedstormed
cheeredgrowledprovokedstressed
chidedgrumbledpurredstuttered
chimed ingruntedput insuggested
chirpedguessedpuzzledsurmised
chitteredgulpedqueriedtaunted
chokedgurgledquestionedteased
chortledgushedquippedtempted
chorusedhintedquizzedtested
chuckledhissedragedtestified
claimedholleredrantedthanked
clarifiedhowledreasonedtheorized
cluckedhuffedreassuredthreatened
coachedhummedrecalledthundered
coaxedhypothesizedreckonedtrilled
comfortedimitatedrecountedurged
commandedimpliedreiteratedvolunteered
commentedimploredrelatedvowed
complainedinformedremarkedwailed
complimentedinquiredrememberedwarned
concededinsinuatedremindedwent on
concludedinsistedrepeatedwept
concurredinstructedrepliedwheezed
confessedinsultedreportedwhimpered
confidedinterjectedrequestedwhined
confirmedinterruptedresoundedwhispered
congratulatedintimatedrespondedwondered
contendedjeeredretaliatedworried
continuedjestedretortedyawned
contributedjibedreturnedyelled
convincedjokedrevealedyelped

With these words, they might be useful in your next manuscript or what you are working on right now. Give it a go and see if any of these other words will fit. You never know, it might improve the flow of your writing, and the characters attitude when they are speaking in your manuscript.

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