Maybe you all can help me out. Say you're writing a novel. And you're an essayist, whose entire experience with dialogue is limited to the ramblings of Larry, Moe, and Curly bouncing around inside your skull. And you're already up to 8,500 words, but a good 2,300 of them are the word "SAID". And now, just THINKING the word "SAID" puts you in a homicidal frame of mind. When writing dialogue, is it all right to insert other verbs in place of "SAID"? For example:
"Hello," she barfed.
"Hello," he mowed the lawn.
"How are you doing?" she wrote a really crappy novel.
"I'm doing great," he took out the dialogue writer with a flame thrower.
I don't know about you, but to me that was just really lovely prose.
"Ok, back to the salt mines," DeNae filed her taxes.
7: I am thankful for my big, red, earth-hating SUV. I know. Driving alone the 1/4 of a mile to Albertson's in a Yukon XL makes me the poster child for "Those Non-Green Pinkos the Obama Personality Cult Intends to Round Up and Force to Dress in Shifts Made of 8x10 Glossies of Al Gore Until They're Sufficiently Re-Programmed," (and may I add, they really need to tighten that slogan up a bit) but I love that I can load my paid-for beast with everything from 200 petroleum-based plastic grocery bags to 150,000 non-bio-degradable styrofoam cups.
We've all got to do our part, and I happily do mine in a vehicle that gets 11 miles to the dinosaur.