Many writers love the word “said”. They use it for every piece of dialogue they can. However, “said” can be overused.
Reading “said” gives the reader nothing about the story. But there are other words that expand the story, 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”.
These words, however, can be overused too. Make sure to not use the same dialogue tags over and over. You can use “said” every once in a while.
There’s always a battle between using “said” too much or not enough at all. It all comes down to personal preference though. If you feel “said” is too much or not at all, it’s time for a switch-a-roo with dialogue tags.