Dialogue tags. Yeah, we’re supposed to avoid them - start with an action instead. But your character can only scratch her nose or flip her hair so many times.
Said is preferred. It's barely noticeable. But after too many, you'll notice.
Could it be you need something with punch? Well, that's where I come in. As it turns out, I’m a tag collector. And over the years, I’ve made a lengthy list. *And keep in mind, these are just fun, unusual tags.
For example: What did the agitated character do?
Got one of those annoying sarcastic characters?
she mouthed off.
Here are a few of my favorites:
she tacked on.
And my ultimate favorite: *drumroll*
“Yeow!” she onomatopoeiad.
If you'd like a copy of my full alphabetized list (I've never had time to categorize it), contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org