The Ultimate Guide to “Said” Alternatives to Improve Your Writing

Your full list of words better than “said” to enhance your writing!


I hate “said” in writing. I will readily admit it. It invokes no emotion. It doesn’t drive action. And it doesn’t present imagery. I try to avoid “said” as often as possible in my own writing.

This may not be everyone’s style. You might love the word “said”. And more power to you! But for those like me that are looking for stronger alternatives, we present this guide!

Tips & Tricks

It isn’t as easy as just replacing “said” with another word. You want to invoke something. An emotion, an attitude, a sense of body posture. So choosing the right word will help drive conflict forward in your own story.

We have compiled a list below based around some subcategories to help you out!

Anger
  • Argued
  • Barked
  • Growled
  • Snarled
  • Hissed
  • Roared
  • Spat
  • Demanded
  • Snickered
  • Taunted
  • Threatened
  • Grumbled
  • Jeered
  • Snapped
  • Countered
  • Ranted
  • Retorted
Fear
  • Uttered
  • Whispered
  • Pleaded
  • Prayed
  • Babbled
  • Stuttered
  • Sputtered
  • Begged
Happy
  • Hummed
  • Mused
  • Commented
  • Added
Surprise
  • Blurted
  • Gasped
  • Screamed
  • Yelped
  • Exclaimed
Sadness
  • Sighed
  • Mumbled
  • Complained
  • Bawled
Questioning
  • Inquired
  • Asked
  • Questioned
  • Wondered
In Response to
  • Responded
  • Replied
  • Answered
Misc
  • Agreed
  • Disagreed
  • Acquiesced
  • Concurred
  • Asserted
  • Assured
  • Commanded
  • Recalled
  • Remembered
  • Droned
  • Stated
  • Bargained
  • Divulged
  • Concluded
  • Marveled
  • Chided
  • Observed
  • Elaborated


close
close

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close