What can I come up with for X? X-ray, Xanadu, X chromosome, xebec (that’s a 3-masted sailing ship), xylem, Xena… My dictionary devotes barely a page and a third to X words. I have some Xanax in my medicine closet. I use it occasionally to help me sleep when ideas start bouncing around in my head.
When editing, I’ve been known to X out an entire paragraph or (gasp) page.
Oh, and there was the X Files. I really enjoyed that show.
I’ve learned when writing a draft, if I can’t think of the right word, or if I’ve forgotten a minor character’s name (or if I haven’t come up with a name for the character), that it’s a waste of time to go through the thesaurus or early books where that character appeared. I simply type XXX in the spot where the unknown word will be placed and go on writing. (What do I do if I have more than one unknown? YYY or ZZZ keep those places until I come back.) Once I’m finished with the complete draft of the story, I can look up the word I couldn’t think of earlier (or the name) and do a find and replace for the XXXs (or YYYs or ZZZs) and the computer will insert the correct word.
And that’s about all I can say about X. A-to-Z Blogging Challenge