I have horrifying news, everyone: I'm teaming up with Project Educate for Prose Week, so you inquisitive readers are about to fall victim to me and my terrible sense of humor. Today I'll be torturing you with a discourse on a subject of constant debate in the writing world: the word said.
It's a simple word that encourages authors to write descriptively, but it's far from the only good choice when it comes to writing fluid dialogue.
I'm going to be using the word dialogue tag
often, so if you're unfamiliar with the word or just need a refresher, here's the definition:Dialogue Tag
—a phrase used in the same paragraph as a piece of dialogue, both (1) identifying the speaker and (2) using a verb to describe the speech. Examples of dialogue tags include Rose said, he begged, Adrian whispered,
and she asked.
Get the picture? If so, great, and if not, you'd better Google it, because we're moving on.Anything besides 'said' and 'ask