I have some sad, sad news to share with you. There has been a death. And I think this death will greatly affect you and your writing. You wonder, "Who died???" Well fellow authors and editors, Asked is now dead. He died from exhaustion and overuse. We have been using poor asked far too often in our writing, and he just couldn't go on any longer. What words can we now use in our writing since asked is dead?"
Well, in some instances, we don’t have to replace asked with anything. Writing the question with no tags at all works well if the characters can easily be identified. Or some authors may use an action tag.
For example, a sentence like this “So are you accepting my challenge?” A smile tugged at his lips reads much better—to me—than “So are you accepting my challenge?” he asked, as a smile tugged at this lips.
We are all creative and can come up with alternatives to the word asked.
By the way, I’ve heard reports that nice, went, that, and just aren’t doing too well, either. They may be the next ones we have to put to rest.
Are they any words you find that you use too much and could be eliminated?