are oranges named oranges because oranges are orange or is orange called orange because oranges are orange
The colour was named after the fruit. Before that, people would just use the colour red to describe something that we consider orange now. It’s why we call gingers red-heads and why robins are red breasted, when really they’re an orange colour.
Imagine the baby that would result from a night of passion between Ebenezer Scrooge (before the spirits changed his ways) and Mr. Krabs from Spongebob. Now imagine that baby grew up and married the baby that would result from a night of passion between Yzma from the Emperor’s New Groove and Mr. Burns from the Simpsons. Now imagine the newlyweds had a baby of their own, and that baby was raised aboard a Ferengi Starship, where she was tutored in empathy and compassion by Lord Voldemort. Now imagine that baby grew up and someone told her that any opinions she might have or conclusions she might reach are based on objective logic and reason, and that anyone who disagrees with her is simply being irrational. Now multiply that person’s greed and heartlessness by 100 and you’ll begin to see something that comes close to resembling Ayn Rand.
phrases like “i’ll be the distraction you go on ahead without me” generally do not have a tendency to end well
"i’ll catch up with you" no. no you probably won’t
"we’ll talk about this later" there is no later
"it’ll be alright" not for you since you just said that and doomed yourself
The main reason for the ‘said’ rule, is that 'said' is invisible.
If you write a whole page of dialogue, readers need to be able to distinguish between the speakers.
There are several ways of doing that:
- Action tag: Peter threw the mug across the kitchen. “Don’t ever talk to me that way again.”
- Name of the character in the dialogue: “Don’t ever talk to me that way again, Mary.”
- Distinctive speech pattern: “D-don’t ever talk to m-me that way again.”
- Inserting ‘stop’ words particular to the character. “Like, you know, don’t talk ever talk to me that way again, you know?”
- Dialect: “Don’ evah talk t’me them way agin.”
- Emphasize the words: “Don’t. Ever. Talk. To. Me. That. Way. Again.”
If you need to add a speech tag, ‘Peter said’ is pretty invisible. It’s similar to a stage direction:
(Peter:) Don’t ever talk to me that way again.
The other part of the rule is that novice writers are tempted to pimp up their speech tags instead of the dialogue.
"Don’t ever talk to me that way again," Peter hissed.
"Don’t ever talk to me that way again," Peter threatened.
"Don’t ever talk to me that way again," Peter yelled.
"Don’t ever talk to me that way again," Peter bellowed.
If you need to increase the impact of a dialogue and you cannot think of a way to change the dialogue, adding an action tag is better than changing the speech tag from ‘said’ to ‘threatened’.
The twinkle disappeared from Peter’s eyes and he stepped closer. His voice was low, almost a growl. “Don’t ever talk to me that way again.”
If you need to make a point quickly, yes, you can use a different speech that from said. I believe in the “you can do anything you want” in writing. However, use it moderatively.
Every rule can be broken, but most can be circumvented. The best advice is to use both as best as you can.
Here’s another post that can illustrate this even further.
Again, you can do anything you want.
Amateur writers tend to overuse substitutions for “said,” but the great thing about the word is the brain tends to skip over it while still recognizing who is speaking. If you have a bit of dialogue where two characters are speaking but never “say” anything, they “shout,” “hiss,” “holler,” “spit,” whatever, the reader is taken away from the dialogue and, in that moment, becomes conscious more of the act of reading than of reading the story.
Again, like all rules of writing, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. But to break the rules you need to know how they function.