For Writers: A list of “talking” verbs
UPDATE: Go HERE for a revised and expanded list.
I write a lot of conversations into my novel, and I found myself in a rut last week.
Apparently I like those four verbs. Spat was always when someone said something nasty. Whisper was one particular character because “mutter” has connotations of low self esteem and “said softly” sounds dumb. Answered and said are self explanatory.
In the interest of diversifying my conversations, I decided to look up a list of verbs for talking. Perhaps I did not choose a good set of search terms, but google gave me nothing. Instead, I used thesaurus.com and compiled my own list. So for your writing pleasure, here’s a nice alphabetical list of 64 verbs to use for conversations. Please let me know if I’ve missed any good ones.