Originally Posted by Penforhire
I agree. "Said" is invisible for the most part. The examples given in the link are good examples on methods to avoid using it constantly, such as linking speech to action.
I recall our whole creative writing class in college being strongly advised to avoid adverbs with said, "he said angrily." That's lazy writing. Make it obvious the speaker is angry.
For the most part this is true, but not always. There is a difference between being concise and padding.