At the risk of blowing up the internet, what are your views on dialogue tags other than "said"?
From what I've read, there seems to be two schools of thought:
1. "Said" becomes almost invisible
2. "Said" is overused, writers should vary their dialogue tags.
Similarly, is using "asked" telling/unnecessary due to the "?" used (and therefore better replaced with "said")? Thank you very much for your insight!
I'm glad you asked, she replied.
These questions come up a lot, she opined.
And yet, never laid to rest, she rued.
This kind of question falls under style, and style preferences vary publisher to publisher and certainly agent to agent.
Most publishers have style guidelines to help authors get their finished manuscripts into good shape.
But I can't think of a single time I've passed on a manuscript cause the writer opined or fretted or worried rather than said.
Those problem (and to me they ARE problems) came with enough other stuff that I could simply say "lack of tension, lack of narrative drive" and be done with it.
My goal is to find or maybe help refine a ms that is an immersive read. That means the prose is like a comfy duvet that you crawl under, get warm and go off to a new world. No bumps or lumps to distract you.
So, to answer your question, there is no real right answer here.
Does the word pull you out of the narrative? she asked.
Do you notice it?
If you're noticing things that aren't important, that's when you want to revise.