If this is already a "sticky" somewhere, feel free to moderate - otherwise: Many authors have their own habits for things preceding or succeeding speech. For instance, I noticed that Timothy Zahn enjoys the phrase "snorted derisively" (or anything "derisively") I would like to create a thread discussing techniques, mechanisms at phrases specifically regarding speech. Feel free to add anything - or ask any questions such as "How would you describe the voice of [character/person] from [film/novel/story/reality]?" For instance, Admiral Ackbar (as well as all Calamari) are described as having "gravelly" voices. How would you describe Gollum's voice as portray by Andy Serkis? ~~~~ Edit: Another good one is "grating" - I consider my voice to be "grating"; I had a friend describe me as "the white Morgan Freeman" with a creepy laugh to boot!