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April 30, 2014

“Z” Words to Add to Your Writing


We did it AZers! Congratulations on making it to the end! :D

Z is for "Z" Words to Add to Your Writing

I love words! I once wrote a blog post, Words are Magical, dedicated to my love of words and their importance. I even shared a list of my favorite 15 words to use while writing. One “Z” word made it on the list which was Zealous: having or showing zeal (great energy or enthusiasm). But it made me realize that words starting with “Z” are a rare find in literature, so I wanted to share “Z” words that you can add to your writing today.


1.    Zany (a comical person, joker)

2.    Zeal (showing passion for a cause or object)

3.    Zest (living with a sense of excitement and joy)

4.    Zappy (a lively quality)

5.    Zelophobia (fear of jealous)

6.    Zap (a sudden burst of energy)

7.    Zero Hour (the time for the start of an action is set)

8.    Zero In (aim at or focus on)

9.    Zillion (a very large number)

10.  Zip (a quantity of zero, nothing)

11.  Zinger (a quick or amusing remark)

12.  Zizz (a buzzing sound)

13.  Zonk Out (to lose consciousness)

14.  Zoom (to move quickly)

15.  Zealous (enthusiastic)

16.  Zenith (an imaginary point directly "above" a particular location) Donna

17.  Zither (a musical string instrument with strings) Donna

18.  Zephyr (a light wind or west wind) Donna


Now that you have this list, try to add at least one of these words into your writing today.


SHARE: “Z” words you know.



A to Z Blogging Challenge:


85 comments:

Donna Smith said...

Congratulations on completing the alphabet! Nicely done!
Don't forget ZENITH:The zenith is an imaginary point directly "above" a particular location, on the imaginary celestial sphere. As a name it means success and power! A good character name.
And then I love zither: a musical string instrument with strings
and finally zephyr: A light wind or west wind ·( Zephyrus, Greek god of the west wind)
Donna Smith
The A-to-Z Challenge
Mainely Write

Inge H. Borg said...

What a great ride. I hope I'll zzee you soon again and, like that landsman of mine called Arnold, "I'll be back."

Inge H. Borg said...

My grandmother played the zither; it still is a common instrument played in Viennese pubs - while the patrons taste the new wine from around the hills,

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Fun list! Happy Z Day! :)

Pat Hatt said...

Zanny is sure a fun one indeed

Julie Flanders said...

Ooh I love Zizz, what a great word.
Congrats on completing the challenge, yay!

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Ooh ... loved this post! Zinger is a great word.

Lisa Thomson said...

Great suggestions for Z words, Chrys. I haven't heard of zelophobia! I love learning new words :) I'd add 'zenith' defined as -an imaginary point directly "above" a particular location-wiki

Lisa Thomson said...

Woops, I see someone already added that word lol. Congrats on the A-Z challenge completed! Nicely done, Chrys!

Kristin Smith said...

I win the challenge of adding a Z word to my writing! My blog post counts, right? Z is for Zany personalities! :)

I've enjoyed all your writing tips this month and I look forward to checking back in again soon. Happy Z day! Yay, we survived the challenge!! :)

Kyra Lennon said...

Z words rock!! Congrats on finishing the challenge!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Zonk out. That's what I will be doing tomorrow.
Congratulations on completing the Challenge.

Chrys Fey said...

Those are all great words, Donna! Thank you for sharing. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I hope to "zee" you again too, Inge! Thank you for being a part of my blog for this challenge. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! Happy Z Day to you, too, Madeline!

Chrys Fey said...

It sure is. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I think Zizz is neat, too.

Thank you! And congratulations to you, too, Julie! :D

Chrys Fey said...

Yes, it is. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I love learning new words, too. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Lisa! I had a fun time completing this challenge. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Me too, Alex. ;)

THANK YOU!!!!

Chrys Fey said...

Z words do rock! Thank you! :D

Chrys Fey said...

Of course your post works!

Thank you, Kristin. I like to hear that. :) Happy Z Day to you, too!

Stephanie Bird said...

Chrys, thanks for sharing those Z words and encouraging us to use them today! I see a lot of bloggers in the A to Z challenge used them as well. I tried to read all the blogs I could and leave comments today. Now I have writer's cramp. My word is zilch. Need I say more? I'm a bit burnt out but still proud to have made it to Z along with you. Congrats and so glad to have found you through Shewrites.com and this challenging challenge.

Carrie-Anne said...

Zodiographer could apply to some writers, since it means "who who writes about animals." One of my stories in elementary school was a diary from the POV of a Peruvian guinea pig named Abby, who had a number of other guinea pig friends and a Myna bird living with her young owners. As an adult, I only have some pet characters, not entire books about these pets' lives!

Chrys Fey said...

I've also noticed that other bloggers have used them, but I think this is the only time they get used. haha I understand what you mean by being burned out. I feel like that too. I'm going to be glad to have a break, but I do have 3 blog posts scheduled for the first full week in May.

Thank you! I'm glad we found each other, too! :)

Chrys Fey said...

I never knew about this word! I guess there's more Z words than I thought. :)

Crystal Collier said...

I'm fairly certain I've used about 1/2 of these in my writing somewhere. Great list! Great series all around.

True Heroes from A to Z

debi o'neille said...

I'm ready for some serious Zzzz's right about now. :-) Congrats on making it to the finish line.
Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

I had no idea I had so many Z words I could have chosen from for today!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I might have cheated on my Z word if I had read your post before I wrote. You have great suggestions. I have entirely enjoyed everyone of your posts during the challenge.

Chrys Fey said...

That's awesome, Crystal! And thank you! :)

Chrys Fey said...

Me too, Debi. ;)

Thank you!

Chrys Fey said...

There are more Z words out there than a lot of people realize. :)

Chrys Fey said...

LOL! I'm sorry I hadn't posted this sooner for you to cheat, but I still enjoyed your Z post. Actually, I enjoyed them all!

Thank you! :D

ilima said...

We did it! And I love the word "zappy". Thanks for tuning in to my blog all month, Chrys.

Chrys Fey said...

Yes, we did!!!!

You're welcome, Ilima! And thank you for visiting mine. :)

Laura Clipson said...

These are some great Z words, thanks for sharing :)
Congratulations on making it through the challenge!

Sophie Duncan said...

Congrats on completing A to Z :) Z words are rare and fine jewels - I picked zing for my z word today, but I like Zonked Out from your list - it has a certain feel on the tongue that fits with the situation it is describing :)

It's been great fun and useful reading your posts this month and I look forward to reading more in the future :)

Sophie
Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles - A to Z Ghosts
Fantasy Boys XXX - A to Z Drabblerotic

Silvia Writes said...

Yes, we did it, and thank you for the many wonderful Z words here.
Congrats on a job well done!
Best,
Silvia @
SilviaWrites

Shine Kapoor said...

I think everyone who participated in the challenge has a great time sailing through it. I remember that before April 1, I was of the opinion that people who are participating must have already written & scheduled their posts, but many were writing on everyday basis, just as I did and I am glad that I managed to complete it :)

J.L. Campbell said...

I like the sound of Zizz. Sounds like exactly what it is.
Congrats on finishing. We did it!

Jocelyn Rish said...

i was just at someone else's blog who featured the word 'zealous' and was saying how it is one of those words that I love yet rarely find an opportunity to use. Lots of great Z words here!

Congrats on making it to the end of the A to Z challenge!
Jocelyn

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Congrats! We made it! And better yet, we commented on every single one of each other's posts. :) Thanks for all the support and blog love. I feel like I've made a new friend.

You'd be proud of me. I used the word "Zounds!" in an email to an agent today. I figured that would make me stand out. :)

Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

Now you have some great z words there - I'm particularly fond of zenith, not really sure why, but I've always like it :).
Congrats on finishing the AtoZ, I've enjoyed your posts a lot. Also, thanks for visiting my blog, your comments have been a joy.
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings - AtoZ (Vampires)
FB3X - AtoZ (Erotic Drabbles)

Trisha said...

Zephyr is a great word - and I agree, zealous is cool as well.

Zygote? :D

Congrats on finishing the challenge! Your theme was great and I enjoyed visiting your blog. Thanks for visiting mine! :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Laura!

Chrys Fey said...

Yes, they are!

Thank you so much. I've also had fun reading your posts. I'm super glad I found your blog through this challenge. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Yay! :D You're welcome and thank you!

Chrys Fey said...

I had written my posts a couple of months before April 1st and had them all scheduled. But yes, I did notice that many were writing them the day before. Whatever works. :)

Congratulations, Shine!

Chrys Fey said...

So do I. :)

Thank you! Yes, we did!

Chrys Fey said...

I fell in love with the word Zealous and actually used it in my series. :)

Thank you! :D

Chrys Fey said...

YAY!!!! I feel like I made a new friend too. Thank you!

I hope "Zounds" catches that agent's eye. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

Zenith does have a nice sound to it.

Thank you!! I'm glad you liked my comments. :D

Chrys Fey said...

I had thought of Zygote but dismissed it as it's a pretty hard one to add to writing. lol

Thank you!! And you're so very welcome. My TBR list is much longer because of your theme. ;)

Timothy S. Brannan said...

SO glad I found your blog in this challenge!

Congrats on surviving the A to Z challenge.

--
Timothy S. Brannan
The Other Side, April Blog Challenge: The A to Z of Witches

Chrys Fey said...

Aw, thank you! :D

Li said...

Congrats on finishing A to Z! I will use some of these words - not just in writing, but on Words With Friends. ;-)

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Congrats on completing the A-Z!!!

Unknown said...

I love Zither-- the challenge is to write about it today :).

Thanks for all the writing-related posts through AZ!

Slamdunk said...

Congrats on finishing the challenge Chrys. I'd go with the magical Zoltar machine from the old Tom Hanks movie: Big.

Anonymous said...

Great Z words and congrats on finishing.

Unknown said...

I love this, Chrys. You are always providing us with such useful advice and tips! This is the first time I've ever heard of the word "Zephyr." I think I might have to make a poem centered around this word because I love the feeling I'm getting from it... ahhh a west wind... how lovely!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! Oh, that's great! :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Lynda!

Chrys Fey said...

I can't wait to check out your challenge for Zither.

You're welcome! :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! lol That's a good one.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Medeia. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Zephyr is a neat word. I'm thankful for Donna for telling me about it. I would love to read that poem! :)

Stephanie Faris said...

Oh no! I missed your Z. Better late than ever. We made it! I have to say, I don't think I've ever used most of these words in my writing, even in my freelance stuff...and I write thousands of words a day! Zany, zeal...those sorts of things just don't come to my mind readily!

Chrys Fey said...

That's okay, Stephanie. Zeal is probably the one word on the list that does pop into my head when I'm writing. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Congratulations on finishing A-Z, Chrys! :D

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Carrie! :D

Kelly Steel said...

Congratulations on finishing A-Z, Chrys!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Kelly! :)

Loni Townsend said...

Hooray! It's Z! I'll admit I hit the end and went Zzzzz to the world and everything internet. But I'm back now (albeit late), and I wanted to say that was a wonderful list. Zeal seems to be the most popular, but I have a thing for Zany myself. :)

Tina said...

Wow, you provided future A-Z'ers with quite the bounty of Z words for next year!
Well done!
Tina @ Life is Good
A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

Unknown said...

I loved your A-Z. I think April is the month we all get lost!
I didn't do it, but enjoyed following everyone else.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, David! April was definitely a hard month for several reasons. But I enjoyed the Challenge. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Awesome!!! :D

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Loni! :) Zany does have a nice feel to it.

Aditi said...

Great Z list Chrys! I'll surely try and use few of them in my next writing! Congratulations on completing the A-Z! Yay! :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Aditi! I sure hope you can use some of these words. :)

J.Q. Rose said...

Today is March 29. 2018. IZ hopped on your blog to check out how you did a-z blogging challenge. I am doing it this year for the first time. You have shared lots of great information and put a lot of time and effort into you blog posts. I have my theme and I have all but Z figured out. And wonders of wonders, you share Z words! Yay!! Thanks so much. I hope you stop by when you get a chance this April.
JQ Rose

JEN Garrett said...

I love Z words! And those are some real Zingers.