Hey guys, I keep getting mixed advice about this in various books that I read. Some feel the dialog description "said" should be used in ninety percent of all dialogs because it becomes invisible to the reader. Yet other books mention that "said" can become very boring very quickly and needs action if involved in a detailed on lengthy conversation. My instinct is to pepper the dialog with action: Asked, offered, noted, replied, ect.. Sometimes I add a descriptive modifier (not sure if that is the correct term), "Bob asked looking confused." I wonder sometimes if that is okay. I feel like using "said" should be 40% of the time or when the conversation is short and quick. It could be just my rookie skills talking. It would help if the opinions of the writers of the books lined up. I wonder if it is just a question of style opposed to bad writing technique. When I look back at some of my favorite writers (I do this a lot for sentence structure tips) I notice they do use a lot of action dialog or descriptive modifiers. It is a topic as bad and as confusing to me as the use of semicolons, but that is a thread all by itself. (Some writers think they are poison and yet some find it an adequate alternative to a conjunction.) Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Dave..