How does everyone feel about dialogue tags?
Do you use only said, asked, replied, continued, and added, or do you branch out into whispered, muttered, and murmured? I like all of those, and I try to limit the groans and moans to their, ahem, appropriate places, just like yell and scream. It’s very hard, imo, to yell or scream an entire sentence, just like it is to moan or groan one, but one can certainly say, “Yes,” or “No,” using the above tags.
I personally don’t like barnyard tags like roared, grunted or yowled. I think I’ve only used roar once and it was for a, “No.” I laughed at a book one time that had a character whinny. I also don’t care for non-speaking tags like, “Do what you will,” she laughed. I prefer to make the laugh separate, just like grinned or smiled. I can’t picture someone smiling or nodding words, and laughing while talking is also difficult.
Or do you try to do away with tags altogether, making the actions identify the speaker? Alice waved a hand and laughed. “Do what you will.” I want to know your opinions. ^_^