218 words to use instead of said from SPWbooks
There is nothing wrong with using the word said in written dialogue. Be careful not to treat the word said as a word to be avoided. Well written dialogue should never rely on tags such as the ones below, but should convey its own attitude. When using words instead of said, be sure you utilize them properly. For example, you cannot laugh and talk, or sneeze and talk at the same time. "That is so funny, laughed Bob," should not be used. You may notice that some words on the list below cannot be used as replacements for said. Use the list below carefully and remember that there is nothing wrong with using the word said in dialogue.
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