Stop Using Only "Said" In Your Dialogues

 

Here’s a complete list of synonyms for the verb “said” that you can use in your creative writing to avoid monotony and improve your word choice.

Fluency in dialogues is essential to prevent fatigue in the reader, and this implies to vary the use of the words, especially those whose meaning is similar and which you use more often such as the verb “say” or “said”.

There’s a lot of synonyms for “say” or “said” you can use to balance your dialogue verbs and on this post, I want to share an alphabetic list of these with you.

Synonyms for said

A

accused

acknowledged

addressed

admitted

advised

affirmed

agreed

announced

answered

approved

argued

asked

asserted

assured

avowed

 

B

babbled

barked

bawled

beamed

begged

bellowed

bleated

blurted

boasted

boomed

bragged

broke in

bubbled

bugged

 

C

called

cautioned

chatted

chattered

cheered

chided

chimed in

choked

chortled

chorused

chuckled

claimed

clucked

coaxed

commanded

commented

complained

conceded

concluded

confessed

confided

congratulated

continued

convinced

corrected

coughed

cried

croaked

crowed

 

D

dared

decided

declared

demanded

denied

described

disagreed

disclosed

divulged

drawled

 

E

echoed

exclaimed

explained

 

F

finished

fretted

 

G

gasped

giggled

greeted

groaned

growled

grumbled

grunted

guessed

gulped

gurgled

 

H

hinted

hissed

hollered

hypothesized

 

I

imitated

implied

informed

inquired

insisted

interjected

interrupted

 

J

jeered

jested

joked

 

I

laughed

lied

lisped

 

M

maintained

marveled

mentioned

mimicked

moaned

mumbled

murmured

mused

muttered

 

N

nagged

nodded

noted

 

O

objected

observed

offered

ordered

 

P

panted

piped

pleaded

pointed out

pondered

praised

prayed

proclaimed

promised

proposed

protested

put in

puzzled

 

Q

quavered

questioned

quipped

quoted

 

R

ranted

reasoned

reassured

recalled

reckoned

related

remarked

remembered

reminded

repeated

replied

reported

requested

responded

retorted

revealed

roared

 

S

sang

sassed

screamed

scolded

shouted

shrieked

shrilled

sighed

smiled

smirked

snapped

snarled

sneered

sneezed

snickered

sniffed

sniffled

snorted

sobbed

speculated

spoke

sputtered

squeaked

stammered

started

stated

stormed

stuttered

suggested

surmised

 

T

taunted

teased

tempted

tested

theorized

threatened

told

 

U

urged

uttered

 

V

volunteered

vowed

 

W

wailed

warned

wept

whimpered

whined

whispered

wondered

worried

 

Y

yawned

yakked


Please don’t misunderstand me, the verb “say” is essential in some occasions and you shouldn’t force any of the verbs of this list to fit in your dialogues if they just don’t. If you can change “say” or “said” for a better and more explicit verb according to the context in which your characters are expressing themselves, then do it. It’ll be refreshing for your readers to find different words than replied, asked, answered, etc.

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