Creating Tone through Dialogue


Great list of “speaking” verbs!

Think your manuscript’s filled with repeating words or phrases? “Said” is one of the most re-used terms in the English language, which is a pity considering how many other terms there are for speaking. Below are some simple words that can substitute “said” easily, separated by situations your speaker may be in.

First talker
♣ Began
♣ Started
Talking Next
♦ Acknowledged
♦ Answered
♦ Protested
♦ Responded
♦ Retorted
♦ Replied
Last Speaker
♣ Concluded
♣ Concurred
♣ Determined
♣ Ended
♣ Finished

Keeps Speaking
♦ Elaborated
♦ Commented
♦ Continued
♦ Lectured
♦ Ranted
♦ Surmised
Seeking Attention
♣ Enunciated
♣ Explained
♣ Elaborated
♣ Hinted
♣ Implied
♣ Lectured

♣ Reiterated
♣ Recited
♣ Reminded
♣ Stressed

Judgemental
♣ Advised
♣ Criticized
♣ Suggested
Small Talk
♦ Commented
♦ Guessed
♦ Mentioned
♦ Noted
♦ Observed

♦ Pointed out
♦ Remarked
♦ Stated
♦ Voiced

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