Do you think there is an unbreakable rule regarding (ad)verbs to carry dialogue?
I've heard it said many times that writers should never use any word other than "said" to carry dialogue and that adverbs should be avoided altogether. What are your thoughts?
Personally, I use tonnes of other verbs to carry dialogue (the two most frequent being "told" and "admitted", though I'm also fond of "mumbled" and "screamed"), but I try to avoid awkward ones like "intoned" or "admonished" unless I'm trying to convey something really specific. I also like to use verbs which you aren't technically supposed to apply to speech, like "smiled" and "sneered" - and I think in children's books, it's fair game to go ahead and include ones like "huffed" and "snarled", especially if your characters are animals.