“What’s for dinner tonight?” he said.
“What do you feel like fixing?” she said.
“It’s not my turn to cook,” he said.
“Yes, it is. It’s Friday. Friday is always your day,” she said.
“No, Saturday is my day. Friday is your day,” he said.
“Seriously? We’ve been together for 3 years, and you always cook on Fridays,” she said.
“He said” and “she said” are stilted when overused
What does the above interaction between these two people tell you? Not a whole heck of a lot, right? It’s a smattering of boring conversation segued by repetitive use of dialogue tags.
Do you really need to use “he said” and “she said” after every bit of dialogue? Actually, no. You have other options like not using a dialogue tag at all, or showing who’s talking by action outside dialogue. Let’s look at each separately. See More . . .