10 Poetic “Said” Alternatives


  1. I prefer to let my dialog speak for itself and find such elaborate tags redundant. To each his own.

    1. Hi Abbie.

      One doesn’t want to use too many of these but if one doesn’t use a scattering of them sparingly throughout their work it is the opinion of many, lots of whom are best selling authors that the dialog becomes boring.

      You know, we’re not just writing to please ourselves.

      Patty L. Fletcher

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      Food For Thought

      We all are the Light, automatically. So we really don’t have to go too much further than that. We all have a Light within us – it is the Soul; it is that spark of God, of the Divine, that activates our consciousness.

      -John-Roger, DSS

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      1. Well, I’m not pleased to see even a smattering of elaborate dialog tags. In some cases, they may be helpful if the dialog isn’t speaking for itself, but most of the time, they’re not necessary, in my opinion. It’s a shame that many best-selling authors feel they need to use them on a regular basis. But you write your way, and I’ll write mine.

        1. Well you do seem to be in the minority. They are at times necessary. They intensify what the dialogue is saying if anything else, but more importantly, they take away the monotony of said. Anyway. Enough “said “on the subject. You’re not going to ever try anything new and that’s totally up to you.

          1. Actually, I do like to try new things. But elaborate dialog tags aren’t necessarily new. I tried them in the past when I noticed other authors using them. But I decided I didn’t like them. That could change. But for now, I’ve since come to the conclusion that this is a matter of style. If you like them, use them. I don’t. So, I won’t.

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