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message 1: by Maggie (new)

Maggie (sneakyvale) | 183 comments Announced
Exclaimed
Shouted
Laughed
Muttered
Murmured
Whispered
Answered
Asked
Cried
Screamed
Worried
Moaned
Groaned
Hiccoughed
Coughed


message 2: by Ayantiel (new)

Ayantiel | 25 comments Oh dear, please don't use a different word than said if possible. Said is invisible. You can just read past it and focus on the dialogue instead. Pretty much the only reason you use words like said, anyways, are to indicate who is speaking.
Sometimes you'll use words like 'screamed' or 'whispered' if it really is that important, but things like 'answered' and especially 'announced' are best avoided.
Also, be really careful how you use words like 'moaned', 'cried', 'laughed', etc. You cannot 'laugh' a word or sentence. It is physically impossible. So make sure your writing doesn't link the spoken words with an action like that.
For example, '"Ayantiel is being annoying," she moaned.' would be the wrong way to do it. Simply replace the ',' with a full stop and you can use 'moaned' to your hearts content (though I would still recommend a simple 'said')

This may seem like nitpicking, but it's important for the flow for the reader. Every time a word other than 'said' is used, it disrupts the flow. Instead of focusing on the dialogue, they suddenly have to work out exactly how something is being said. Unless it's important for the story it's probably better to keep it simple ;)


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