For this thread, i will just use the name John for my examples. I would probably say i'm pretty good at writing stories, but my one problem is finding different words to put after a persons name in a conversation. For example: "hello," Said John. "I hurt my elbow," John sobbed. I try to avoid the same old 'said John' as it can get very repetitive and can make it less interesting. I might repeat the same one every now and then, but i try not to do it too much. I am usually spending lots of time while reviewing my stories to try and find other words to use instead. Can anyone help me on this?