I find myself repeatedly saying "he/she hesitated" when I feel like there's something else I could say. I've been experimenting but with the character in question, all I can think of is, "he croaked" which isn't quite right. So, how would you describe someone who hesitates before speaking?
Here is a tip:
Don't tell the reader that the answer is 4, instead tell them the answer is 2+2
Don't tell the reader that a character is hestitating, instead find a way a round-about way of describing the hesitation.
Key-words would be, for example:
- Brief pause
There's nothing wrong with being forthcoming with it either, it's a matter of trying to find a good balance of show and tell.
There's no pattern to follow when it comes to show and tell; it's up to you to figure out the balance for your story.