Wednesday, 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.


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83 comments:

  1. 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

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    1. 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,

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

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

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

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

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  4. Zanny is sure a fun one indeed

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

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    1. I think Zizz is neat, too.

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

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

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  7. 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

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

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

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  9. 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!! :)

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    1. Of course your post works!

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

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  10. Z words rock!! Congrats on finishing the challenge!

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

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  12. 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.

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    1. 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! :)

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  13. 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!

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

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  14. 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

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

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

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

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

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  17. 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.

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    1. 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

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

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    1. Yes, we did!!!!

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

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

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  20. 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

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    1. 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. :)

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

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

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  22. 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 :)

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    1. 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!

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

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    1. So do I. :)

      Thank you! Yes, we did!

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  24. 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

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

      Thank you! :D

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  25. 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. :)

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

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

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  26. 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)

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    1. Zenith does have a nice sound to it.

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

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  27. 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! :)

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    1. 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. ;)

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  28. 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

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

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  30. Congrats on completing the A-Z!!!

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

    Thanks for all the writing-related posts through AZ!

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

      You're welcome! :)

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

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  33. Great Z words and congrats on finishing.

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  34. 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!

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

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  35. 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!

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

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  36. Congratulations on finishing A-Z, Chrys! :D

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  37. Congratulations on finishing A-Z, Chrys!

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  38. 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. :)

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

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  39. 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

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  40. 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.

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

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

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

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