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.