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Said isn’t dead; said just needs new friends.

If you’re struggling to not use the word “said” for every line of conversation in your writing, I can relate.

“Said” is one of those verbs you can’t ignore, because it’s just that important, but after a while, you just want to tell “said” to go home. It’s annoying to read that word again and again in a book. It’s even worse when you’re writing, and you feel you’ve got nothing better.

One of the best resources I’ve found in my years of writing is a list of said synonyms. These are verbs you definitely know exist, but you kind of forget about them when you’ve been writing for more than an hour. It’s a lot easier to use verb variation when they’re staring at your face.

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Thank you to the Northern Nevada Writing Project (writingfix.com) for this incredible resource. All the rights for this chart goes to NNWP. You can find it in its original format here.

 

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