said is dead

use other words then said

Comments for said is dead

Click here to add your own comments

Jun 18, 2012
Said isn't really dead...
by: Anonymous

I know that in a general sense it is good to stay away from "said"; however, I have seen writers use it stylisticaly in small parts of their work to create a rythm that was highly effective. I don't think that any word "should never be used" but knowing WHEN to use these words and HOW is the mark of a really great writer.

Feb 11, 2011
by: Anonymous

I like these

Sep 24, 2010
Don't... just don't...
by: Anonymous

Eliminate speech tags where possible but NEVER try to replace "said" with another verb. Writing something atrocious like "he blustered" or "she thundered" or "he hissed" reeks of amateurish overwriting.

Oct 12, 2009
by: Mrs. McLuongly

Good....say what?

Oct 12, 2009
Very Inspiring

This topic is Very Inspiring to all teachers.
I have been telling my students about words lik said, bad, good, like are all dead for us since the students are grown now. Very Inspiring Title!

Nov 17, 2008
Said -- Or Not Said
by: Audrey

I wish you had written more to explain what you mean. Sometimes, a writer should use something other than said.

"Help, me!" she screamed as she fell over the cliff, carries a more likely picture than does, "Help me," she said as she fell over the cliff.

But in many cases, using nothing but quotation marks to show that you have changed speakers is the mark of the skillful writer. The point is to make your meaning as clear as possible while hiding your craft from the reader.

A reader should not be plowing through a text as if it were thesaurus for the word said. That takes the attention from the real meaning, which is how the dialogue reveals character and moves the story forward.

In my editing, I spend much more time removing words like said, answered, asked, stated, etc. than I do replacing said with anything at all.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Writing Tips.

Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

This is Jack Popjes and one of his published books. He and I worked on multiple projects. He's  met many goals.

Meet your writing goals in 2023.

Click to start NOW

Free Newsletter

Sign up below for

Editor's Notes 

Inspiration and Writing Tips 

and receive tips 
to maximize 
your use of MS Word.

Click for more information 
and archived copies...

Or sign up using the form below 
to start your subscription right away.

Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your First Name (optional)

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Editor's Notes.