X is for …?


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 I was teaching math, X was very important. We were always looking for X. Usually I had to know Y to find X. (Yeah, bad joke.)y=x

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



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2 Responses to X is for …?

  1. Great Job, Maris….X was difficult but fun too. I didn’t realize how few words there are for X until I did this little exercise. Prompted me to ask why we have it. Guess we can’t get away from the Greeks when it comes to letters…..
    See you tomorrow…online, that is.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Wil, being a former math teacher, I couldn’t go along with your idea of eliminating X, but I enjoyed the alternative spellings you came up with if we were to drop X from the alphabet.