Helpful Tips

Tip of the Day: The occasional said is needed.

Many writers are consciously aware of the overuse of dialogue tags — he said/whispered/shouted/bellowed/crooned/etc. As a result, many writers will avoid them altogether. However, the occasional said is needed to help break up the structure, providing interest and actually telling the reader who is talking. It’s a word in the dictionary, so don’t be afraid to use it.

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