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Good Day, Thanks so much for posting the piece on voices and ways to explain how someone sounds. I'm trying to do some more writing and I was wondering if you had any posts or suggestions on a similar subject. Let's say I want to explain more actions when someone speaks e..g he huffed, tossing her arm over her shoulder; she yelled, he sounded condescending. Sorry if i'm being vague, I just don't want to keep saying "he/she said". Any ideas ? Thanks, Nick
I was going to refer to the old “said is dead” argument but I think that’s ridiculous as there’s no reason to completely stop using a word altogether. However, I do think that sometimes a dialogue portion can become too “said”-heavy and, since you asked for something specific, I am more than happy to try and help you here.
If I’m understanding you correctly, you want something that can convey both a speaking action plus something that describes their physical actions or even mood. In that case, here are a few options:
Obviously you would have to choose which fits better in your character’s situation. These aren’t the only words like this out there, just some that I liked or thought would help. Like I said, I’m not advising against using “said” but I can understand how that can become monotonous. I hope these are what you wanted!
Trooper blog entry
Back from duty today at a mall to promote Star Wars with quizzes, lightsaber training for kids and photo sessions.
I feel knackered, and it seems that my bones have become older (especially in that back+shoulder area), but damn… even if I didn’t feel it, a bunch of little kids thought I was awesome.
And that’s worth the effort.
TK-5027, along with TD-3122 and TB-10590
Members of the 501st Legion, French Garrison