Here's the thing, in my story I keep referencing John many times and I'm worried that hearing his name get repeated so many times is going to annoy the living daylights out of people. It's why I'm currently using 'the child' as well, or even 'the boy' to change things around rather than have people read, 'John said', then 'John looked...', 'John sighed', 'John something else' and so on. Is it fine to do so or am I making a mistake here? Also, everytime I get into dialogue I find myself using 'said' a lot. I try to spice things up by putting in 'replied' and such but eventually I keep coming back to 'said'. Is that fine or do I need to do something about it?