While the attribution said is the best in most cases, it can become monotonous. There are some other tag lines you can add to your dialoguebut only if they are appropriate to the dialogue and make sense. For example:
If your character hisses his words, you had better make sure there are sibilants in his dialogue! Tag lines that are definitely not acceptable are:
Oh, how kind of you! she said, beaming
Other attributions you shouldnt use include opined (which sounds positively pompous) and queried (whats the matter with asked?)
Unless youre writing for very young children, one of the best ways to avoid the monotony of speech tags is to use business or action to make an attribution unnecessary. You can point to the speaker by putting the action before the dialogue:
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