Alternative Words For “Said”

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Be very careful when using alternative words for the word “said”.
Don’t overdo it with colorful words to convey what your characters are saying.
That should come across in the content of the dialog.

The word “said” seamlessly disappears for the reader, allowing the dialog to flow.
Junking it up with words like “snarled, growled, blurted, sputtered, bragged,
assumed, expressed, gibbered … sound amateurish. So use those words sparingly.

I wrote this list years ago, before I learned the above wisdom.

Assume

Belt out

Blubber

Brag

Bray

Break silence

Breathe

Breathy

Chime

Choked

Chortle

Chorus

Chuckle

Comment

Croak

Crow

Declare

Drawl

Drone

Emit

Express

Falter

Gab

Gag

Garble

Gasp

Gibber

Halting

Hiss

Hoarse

Holler

Howl

Hypothesize

Interject

Interrupt

Lament

Lisp

Mention

Mouth

Mumble

Murmur

Muse

Mute

Mutter

Nasal

Note

Observe

Pant

Pipe up/down

Point out

Postulate

Present

Presume

Put forth

Put in

Quaver

Rag

Rant

Rat

Rattle

Rave

Recite

Reflect

Relate

Reveal

Sang out

Scream

Screech

Snap

Snarl

Sound off

Sneer

Spew

Spit

Sputter

Squawk

Squeal

Stammer

State

Stutter

Suggest

Suppose

Told

Tremulous

Twang

Utter

Utter

Vent

Voice

Wail

Whimper

Whine

Whisper

Yak

Yammer

Yell

Yelp

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