One of my pet peeves is when writers act like they aren't allowed to have anyone just "say" anything. So you have people stating, explaining, suggesting, indicating, emphasizing, sighing, even (my personal favorite) smiling their sentences.
"There is a real sense of accomplishment," smiled Smith. Oh, so he just smiled and out came that sentence? No, he said it with a smile, or better yet, he just said it. This is not sixth-grade creative writing! The article with the most sort-of synonyms for "said" does not win a prize!
It drives me out of my mind.