I always remember at school when I was a kid when teachers always teach you to use said as little as possible. However, I have realised since that this is a load of rubbish. Sometimes you just want the reader to focus on WHAT is said not HOW it is said. But is there a point when you can use said too many times? It isn't just said - sometimes I use the word ask and I think "Should I use another word?" but only query and question come to mind and, honestly, it doesn't really sound right to use them. Anyone got any advice?