"James Blish told me I had the worst case of "said bookism" (that is, using every word except said to indicate dialogue). He told me to limit the verbs to said, replied, asked, and answered and only when absolutely necessary."
~ Anne McCaffrey
Raise your hand if you are guilty of "said bookism". My hand is raised, high above my head. I am that irritating girl in the back, bobbing up and down and looking like a total dufus.
However, this is an area I really grew in as I revised my last MS. I'm much better at it than I was. I could be better still.
How severe is your case of "said bookism"?