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Replacing Said Saturday: Happy

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Today’s focus will be on replacing said with emotionally happy words:

Laughed

“What’s that on your head?” he laughed.

Joked

“And you thought you were too short to reach the jar,” he joked.

Jested

“I should call you Buffy, with how you handled that vamp,” she jested, punching my arm.

Cheered

“You can do it!” he cheered.

Sang

“What a beautiful day,” she sang.

Rejoiced

“Oh, thank you,” she rejoiced, taking the coffee from my hands.

Smiled

“You’re on smart cookie, yah know that,” he smiled then, before giving me a wink.

Marvelled

“Oh wow! They really did that!” the child marvelled, after Jim finished his side of the story.

Beamed

“Don’t worry, grumpy gills, every things going to be fine,” she beamed, leaning forward on her toes towards me.

Giggled

“Hey, stop that!” the little girl giggled, swatting at her older brother who continued to attack her with his wiggling spider-like fingers.

Chimed

“No, I agree,” he chimed.

I said. She said. He said… Is said really dead?

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One thing I remember from learning how to write stories in elementary school… which feels like 100 years ago… is that you should never use the word said.

Okay, I understand that it can get annoying to read that word over and over again.

“Hi.” She said.

“Hello.” He said back.

“Lovely weather.” She said.

“Yes… it is.” He said in return.

There isn’t much emotion in what they are saying. Using other words besides said can make a huge difference in how a conversation is perceived by your reader.

“Hi.” She called.

“Hello.” He replied.

“Lovely weather.” She chirped.

“Yes… it is.” He sighed.

That there gives the reader some idea of how the character is approaching the situation. With that being said… I do not believe said is dead. Using the word in moderation – like anything in writing – can help move a story along.

“Hi.” She said.

“Hello.” He replied.

“Lovely weather.” She chirped.

“Yes… it is.” He sighed.

Using said with descriptive words after it, also helps break up the repetitiveness.

“Hi.” She said, hurrying over to the bus stop.

“Hello.” He replied, pulling his bag closer to his side. He hadn’t expected to speak with anyone while he waited.

“Lovely weather.” She chirped. The girl sounded nice enough, but he wasn’t too interested in conversation.

“Yes… it is.” He sighed, glancing down the road in hopes of seeing the bus in the distance. It should have arrived by now.

Now, isn’t that better than he said/ she said…

Anyways, I’ll leave a link to one of my favourite websites. It has over 200 words to replace said in your sentences, which I find helpful when I’m in a said stump.

http://www.spwickstrom.com/said/

I also want to find out your opinion of the Said is Dead theory. Do you believe said is dead or not? Comment below.

Toodles for now. 🙂

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