This post isn’t going up until Wednesday, but I’m currently typing it out at 11:30 AM on Sunday. Normally I don’t work weekends, but I decided to cover for the weekend girl in order to compensate for a day I’m taking off in a couple of weeks. I’m excited for that day off, but it’s not making today any easier to get through, especially with the knowledge that I’ll be working 6 days in row, as opposed to my usual 5. So I figured today would probably be a good day to list all the things that make me happy. I’m going to need it to get through the next 5 and a half hours.
this is cool + useful but by all means said is not dead!!!!! these words should be used INCREDIBLY sparingly because “said” and “says” are very nice neutral words that are absolutely not intrusive in the writing. “he said” flows so much better than “he acknowledged”, which just rips you out of the story!!
you should convey emotion in writing! it’s all well and good to use “he whispered” or “he yelled” or whatever but when you’re talking about regular speech stay away from shit like “remarked”. “chimed” and “beamed” are both words that will also rip you out of the story completely. they are not words you see normally!
use said!!!! use said as much as you can! if you use words in this list make sure that you use them sparingly! a little sprinkle is fine but using too many of them makes it look like you went through a thesaurus and it is just odd and obtrusive!