104 Better Words to Use Instead of Said for your Dialog Tags

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Improve your Dialog by Using Other Words for Said.

Some writers feel you should only use the word said in your dialog. I don’t agree. I believe using more expressive words improves your readers understanding of your dialog and your characters.

One purpose of dialog is to reveal your characters. By using other words for said you can express your character’s feelings or tone of voice.

One other trick, of course, is to use small actions. Think about this for a moment, when you talk to others, sometimes their actions or tone of voice mean more than their words. So, why should your writing be any different.

Specifically, our list words to replace said is a handy tool. A tool John and I have used for years. We love it. When we are looking for just the right word, we simply pull out our list.

Now, you can do the same thing. either bookmark or print the list.  So,it will be available whenever you need it.


More Expressive Verbs, can Change the Meaning of the Dialog.

Verbs are a great way to strengthen you dialog.


“I can’t” she wailed

“I can’t” she confided

“I can’t” she apologized

“I can’t” she pleaded

You can see how a replacement word for said can change the meaning of your dialog.

Using the right VERB will create stronger dialog.

                              Use ADVERBS to Express Emotion in Dialog

                            Here is one secrete to better dialog. Change the adverb (the LY word) to a verb. There is no need for the word said in this case.
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Said teasingly                       Teased

Said  worriedly                     Worried

Said Jokingly                        Joked

For more information about strengthening your dialog check out: Add Punch to Your Dialog


Writing Good Dialog is an Essential Part of Storytelling.

Having a list of alternate words for said and ask, has improved our creative writing.

Do you think this list will be helpful to you?

If so, you might want to check out our list of Replacement Words for ASK.


We hope  this list of words to replace said will be helpful to you.

You might want to print or bookmark this post, so when you need another word for said you have a resource.

  Replacement Words for SAID


Agreed Declared Stated Replied Hooted
Shouted Wailed Stammered Spoke Commanded
Whined Scolded Acknowledged Answered Advocated
Dared Assured Called Chided Threatened
Drawled Coaxed Cried Divulged Swore
Addressed Bellowed Confided Denied Apologized
Whispered Rejoiced Informed Blurted Croaked
Urged Snarled Yelled Whined Objected
Promised Objected Lectured Pleaded Uttered
Uttered Protested Pointed out Joked Needled
Snickered Laughed Teased Squealed Hissed
Interjected Worried Volunteered Told Confided
Ranted Scolded Wheezed Responded Implied
Claimed Puzzled Jested Demanded Reminded
Confided Cooed Echoed Disagreed Admitted
Agreed Notified Gushed Hinted Observed
Grumbled Promised Snorted Sobbed Teased
Ranted Smiled Smirked Grinned Praised
Hissed Explained Greeted Squealed Mused
Vowed Responded Recalled Insisted Cautioned
Lectured Hollered Gasped Asserted

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Happy Writing

John & Patty    @writingagreatbook.com 2018

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