One thing I remember from learning how to write stories in elementary school… which feels like 100 years ago… is that you should never use the word said.

Okay, I understand that it can get annoying to read that word over and over again.

“Hi.” She said.

“Hello.” He said back.

“Lovely weather.” She said.

“Yes… it is.” He said in return.

There isn’t much emotion in what they are saying. Using other words besides said can make a huge difference in how a conversation is perceived by your reader.

“Hi.” She called.

“Hello.” He replied.

“Lovely weather.” She chirped.

“Yes… it is.” He sighed.

That there gives the reader some idea of how the character is approaching the situation. With that being said… I do not believe said is dead. Using the word in moderation – like anything in writing – can help move a story along.

“Hi.” She said.

“Hello.” He replied.

“Lovely weather.” She chirped.

“Yes… it is.” He sighed.

Using said with descriptive words after it, also helps break up the repetitiveness.

“Hi.” She said, hurrying over to the bus stop.

“Hello.” He replied, pulling his bag closer to his side. He hadn’t expected to speak with anyone while he waited.

“Lovely weather.” She chirped. The girl sounded nice enough, but he wasn’t too interested in conversation.

“Yes… it is.” He sighed, glancing down the road in hopes of seeing the bus in the distance. It should have arrived by now.

Now, isn’t that better than he said/ she said…

Anyways, I’ll leave a link to one of my favourite websites. It has over 200 words to replace said in your sentences, which I find helpful when I’m in a said stump.


I also want to find out your opinion of the Said is Dead theory. Do you believe said is dead or not? Comment below.

Toodles for now. 🙂