Many writers love the word “said.” They use it for every dialogue tag they can. But writers can overuse “said.”
Reading “said” gives the reader nothing about the story. But there are other words that expand it, letting the reader know more about the characters and plot. These other dialogue tags include:
There’s much more power in “‘I hid the body,’ he whispered” or “‘I hid the body,’ he boasted” than “‘I hid the body,’ he said”.
Writers can overuse these “power” words though. Make sure to not use the same dialogue tags over and over. You can use “said” every once in a while as well.
There’s always a battle between using “said” too much or not enough at all. It all comes down to personal preference. If you feel “said” is too much, it’s time for a switch-a-roo with dialogue tags.