Where has this been all my life!?
I’m half expecting an angelic choir to come on at any second.
‘Said’ is absolutely fine when trying to convey information in dialogue. You overuse these speech tags and I might throw something, she said crabbily.
There seems to be this anti when it comes to ‘said’ or ‘says’ or whatever tense one writes in. Why? I guarantee you notice a whole lot more when people try to avoid using ‘said’ deliberately, than when they sometimes pepper the text with an interesting speech tag.
‘Pepper’ being the operative word as it is supposed to make the dialogue interesting and emphasise a specific emotion or dramatic moment.
Long live Said.
And ‘smirked’, ‘beamed’, and ‘trembled’, aren’t fucking speech tags, so fuck this, seriously.
if you’re looking at your prose and being like, WHY IS THERE SAYS EVERYWHERE, usually the problem isn’t the word itself but repetitive sentence structure. vary it up with more description of the physical scene rather than using contrived shortcuts.