Not that there’s anything wrong with using ‘said’, but it helps to switch it up a bit if you’re afraid of overusing it. Using ‘said’ doesn’t really explain anything to your readers besides telling us that a character has spoken. If you want to put more emotion into your writing, try using some of these words:
- Accepted, Accused, Acknowledged, Added, Admitted, Advertised, Affirmed, Agonized, Agreed, Alleged, Announced, Answered, Appealed, Argued, Arranged, Articulated, Asked, Asserted, Assumed, Assured, Avowed
- Barked, Bawled, Beamed, Beckoned, Began, Begged, Bellowed, Bet, Beseeched, Bleated Blubbered, Blurted, Bossed, Bragged, Breathed, Broadcasted, Bugged
- Called, Cautioned, Censured, Chatted, Chattered, Chimed in, Choked, Chortled, Chuckled, Claimed, Comforted, Commanded, Complained, Conceded, Concurred, Condemned, Confessed, Confided, Confirmed, Consoled, Contended, Continued, Cried out, Criticized, Croaked, Crooned, Crowed
- Dared, Decided, Declared, Defended, Demanded, Denied, Described, Discounted, Doubted
- Emitted, Empathized, Encouraged, Ended, Entreated, Exacted, Exclaimed, Explained, Exposed
- Faltered, Finished, Fretted, Fumed
- Gasped, Giggled, Greeted, Groaned, Growled, Grumbled, Guessed, Gulped
- Hesitated, Hinted, Hissed, Howled
- Implied, Implored, Inclined, Indicated, Informed, Inquired, Insisted, Interjected, Interrupted, Invited
- Jeered, Jested, Joked, Justified
- Laughed, Lied, Lisped
- Maintained, Marked, Mimicked, Moaned, Mocked, Mourned, Murmured, Mused, Muttered
- Nagged, Nodded, Noted
- Objected, Observed, Offered, Ordered
- Panted, Pleaded, Preached, Presented, Presumed, Proclaimed, Prodded, Professed, Promised, Proposed, Protested, Provoked, Publicized, Published
- Quavered, Queried, Questioned, Quoted
- Reassured, Raged, Ranted, Reasoned, Rejoiced, Rejoined, Released, Remarked, Repeated, Replied, Reprimanded, Requested, Required, Retorted, Revealed, Roared
- Sang, Scoffed, Scolded, Seethed, Settled, Shared, Shouted, Shrieked, Shrugged, Shuddered, Snarled , Sobbed, Specified, Spluttered, Spread, Stammered, Stated, Stuttered, Stressed, Suggested, Supposed, Swore
- Taunted, Teased, Tempted, Tested, Theorized, Thought, Told
- Urged, Uttered
- Voiced, Vowed
- Wailed, Warned, Wept, Whimpered, Whined, Whispered, Wondered, Worried
- Yawned, Yelled
There are plenty more, so feel free to add to the list. Thanks!
Gaaaaaaaaah. Someone kill me, please?
I get inspiration to write so then I go on a massive writing spree, a few days later I read through what I wrote and absolutely hate it!
Then my inspiration to write just disappears. I do what gave me inspiration again, read or listen to music, still nothing. Out of the blue, the inspiration comes back and I repeat phase one only then to repeat phase two.
It’s like this vicious cycle. Getting inspiration, writing, reading and hating what I wrote, lacking inspiration, attempting to regain inspiration, it returns months later, write again, hate what I write, inspiration goes bye bye, the search again, nothing happens, months go by and it comes back.. etc.
Probably going to get some hate for this, I’m sorry if this offends anyone.
But why are we discussing writing about POC? If you want to write a POC then go ahead and do it. The one thing that strikes me is how people say they don’t know how to write a POC and fear people will tear them apart for getting a POC wrong. I mean, at the end of the day isn’t a POC a human just like everyone else? So if you can write a white person surely writing a POC is something you can write too? Maybe I’m just looking into this too much. Basically all I’m saying is, just write a POC like a normal human, like they are. We’re all human at the end of the day.
Wrote four chapters of my story but now I’m going to start again because it’s poop and I don’t like it.
A lot of people want changes like this. Don’t worry about the people who would hate it.
Man, tell this guy that if the male turns out to not be romantically inclined, or at the very least the romance is thrown on the back-burner, I WILL BE HIS FIRST BUYER WHEN IT HITS THE MARKET! I HAVE WANTED TO HEAR OF A STORY LIKE THIS IN AAAANY SETTING FOR AGES! I know I’m a nobody, but seriously, send him my sincerest regards!
His first buyer? But this is my question and I’m a female! :c I’m also glad that people want this change, I was too scared to ask this; thinking people would send me hate, acting like I’m some crazy person.
artist-versus-poet asked: I’m having a hard time coming up with an antagonist. Is there any sort of list of different types of antagonists?
It’s difficult to find a comprehensive list of antagonist types because almost anyone or anything can be an antagonist. Even a good person with good intentions can be an antagonist if he’s opposing the protagonist in some way.
If you really look around, you can find the attempts of different people to list some common, basic antagonist types, but these lists are by no means definitive. Here are two that I found:
How To Write Compelling Antagonists by KM Weiland
The Different Types of Antagonists – Case Study: Thirteen Steps Down by Ruth Rendell (POSSIBLE SPOILER)
I also recommend reading The 25 Things You Should Know About Protagonists by Chuck Wendig at terribleminds.
Anonymous asked: Hi! I’m writing a story about a king who turns evil (for lack of a better word), in a way that makes his advisers, servants, and wife turn against him. There is a secret council whose main objective is to bring him down, but i’m having trouble solidifying why he is so evil. Like, I can’t seem to find a good reason to make them want him dead.Well, historically, if a king’s advisers felt he was a threat to their safety and prosperity (and secondarily that of the kingdom), that would have been a pretty good reason to attempt to end his reign by death. Maybe your king has gone completely off the deep end, has become paranoid of everyone and everything around him, frequently arrests the people around him and accuses them of plotting against him, takes away rights and titles from people he suspects of betrayal, attacking the towns and castles of his lords in an attempt to thwart an imagined uprising, torturing random subjects to get information, and even going so far as to execute loyal subjects on the suspicion that they are acting against him. If some of those people were the loved ones of his wife, advisers, and servants, that should be enough for them to want to turn against him. And they would be fearing for themselves as well.
Male villains come in the following flavors:
- Mad scientist
- Hideous monster (usually male because of gender pronouns, not male animal characteristics)
- Greedy CEO
- Dark lord
- Corrupted by power
- Criminally insane
- Antivillain with an interesting backstory
- Somebody who uses their incredibly destructive powers
- Cult leader
- Manifestation of darkness
- Manipulator (nonsexual)
- And much, much more!
Female villains generally come in four flavors:
- Innocent but deadly
- Seductress/sexual manipulator
- Forced into evil, usually by a male
- Occasionally, if an author is feeling *progressive*, nature-themed and extremely powerful, since women are often perceived as being closer to nature
Can we have some more awesome female villains who fall on the first list?