Never write ‘said’ – Discussion #2

Now, my opinion on this is that you can say “said” – there is no problem with doing so…

Because to be honest, it would be annoying if you had to use other words instead of “said”…

“I like pizza.” she admitted,
“Me too.” he agreed.

Using this example, don’t you think that there needs to be a “said”?

I think that it just provides diversity in the writing style. Rather than have similarities in the dialogue, it’s nice to change it so that it repeatedly keeps the reader interested.

What do you think? Comment below!

Liam

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6 thoughts on “Never write ‘said’ – Discussion #2

  1. Hi there, I totally agree.

    And, ‘said’ is classed as a silent word. Because as a reader you do see it, but you don’t actually stop to read it. Using other examples as you have above. Stops you in your read and makes you think.

    Ideally, mixing ‘said’ up is okay because now and again you do need something different. But for the most part, use ‘said’… simple really.

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  2. If “said” is used on every line, it becomes invisible and therefore should be invisible by default by leaving it out where necessary. The reader wants to focus on what’s being said and wants to be shown how it’s being said, not told how. They also want to keep track of who is talking so “said” should be used to clarify this, especially when there are more than two characters. It maybe possible for a very long conversation between two people of very different status (eg, police officer and murder suspect in the interview room) to be written without a single “said”. The content of the dialogue would make it obvious who was speaking. There’s a good challenge! 😉

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    • Hm… Interesting…

      A great example, it can also hint at the atmosphere too, doesn’t it? In the scenario you gave, the lack of “said” could really hint at the silent atmosphere! Great comment! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  3. I agree that when keeping track of long conversations, “said” can be very necessary. But is it really invisible? As Kanundra wrote, writers are often guilty of using voice tags in a distracting way, and as Richard pointed out, the challenge is to edit out unnecessary words–including voice tags. But when you absolutely, positively need a voice tag, try these synonyms for said: http://wp.me/p2IvJd-9S.

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