I've been writing shedloads of my novel recently, but on re-reading it, there's something that has been seriously bugging me. Sometimes, when I'm conveying either a character movement or a conversation, it becomes a bit stagnant. You know, the old 'he said, she said' sort of thing. I feel like I'm repeating myself a lot, which, if I notice it, is going to be incredibly noticeable to any readers. I'm not entirely sure how to fix it, and I think one of my major failings is just simply not knowing enough words. I've got one character who doesn't speak much, she tends just to acknowledge what's said with a nod or whatever. I'm struggling to come up with different ways to say 'she nodded' without sounding like I only know one sentance and I have to put it in at least once every page. Do you have any suggestions about this? Have you encountered it? Have you overcome it? Help would be appreciated.