Or Is there a more grammatically correct place to put the tag 'said'? And, if there is or isn't, what do you think the effect on the reader of the order, if there is one, even if it is minuscule? I'm sure many people will think it doesn't matter. And, in the scheme of things I don't think it really does matter much for a novel. But, I do think the order of words has an interesting effect on a sentence - such as passive vs active voice - though I don't have much clue to its effect. So, I think a discussion about something simple like this might be beneficial to me, at least. Please feel free to share your thoughts on sentence structure/clause order and ways that they can be used for interesting or simple effect (huge question, I know); or, to provide some sources or links to resources on these topics.