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Written conversations can be made more interesting by using alternative words to said. In the previous example, Arthur and Ford were shouting at each other (over background noise):

"He said something about a King," shouted Arthur in return ...

There are, of course, many alternatives:

"I'm taking up swimming," announces Arnaud.
"Where's my bed gone?" enquired Jim.
"Can I have a coffee and mince pie, please?" asks Harmsy.

Try to use different verbs with speech: it makes what you write more interesting! Furthermore, speech can be broken up mid-sentence, before being continued:

"There's this road in Scotland," explained Andy, "the fastest ever built!"

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