Sometimes, in writing, keeping it simple is the best route. A simple "I hate you," she said can have more impact than "I hate you," she screamed in some cases. Said often contains a calmness, a control over the way one is feeling where screamed shows a loss of control. That being the case, sometimes using a different word than said is necessary to give a sentence the feeling it needs. And so, here are four of my favorite words to use instead of said in four very different scenarios. 1) snapped: When a character says something, and they mean it harshly, you can say "they said harshly" or you can try the word "snapped." It conveys the sense of annoyance and hostility that the word "harshly" can try to share as well. But 'snapped' does all the work for you. 2) repeated: Another good word for when a character is frustrated or annoyed, repeated can be used to have a character show how important something they've already shared is, just by using the word repeated. It can also be used when a character is trying to clarify something for another. 3) reasoned: When a character is trying to lie, or convince themselves they did the right thing, reasoned is the perfect word. It shows that they are trying to make what they said okay, whether it is or not. 4) beamed: When a character is genuinely happy about something that occurs, they can respond by "beaming" instead of "saying," and instantly their happiness is shared with the reader in a single, simple word. Do you have any favorite words you like to use instead of the dreaded (but often, necessary) said?