26 Words Every Writer Needs: Z #atozchallenge

Hooray! We did it! Scheduling sometimes required a double-dip a few times, but we made it all the way to Z, and that’s worth popping a cork and sitting back in the glow.

Writing that resonates, those stories that are truly memorable for the feelings they evoke, usually share something in common. As far as I’m concerned, they are:

Zoetic
adjective
1. of or pertaining to life

I think as writers, something we are all trying to do is connect with a reader. Whether you want to scare the bajeezus out of them, take them on a fantastic journey, teach a lesson, or share a truth… your writing will likely be able to resonate most memorably because it is zoetic–because it struck a chord with your reader.

When I think back to the books that landed on my favorites list, I see stories of revenge, epic fantasies about good versus evil, justice, hilarious comedies, and lots and lots of thrills. These stories are part of my personal reader-heart because they moved me in a way that I could relate to. Because they had something inside them that I had inside me at that time… some universal something that rang true. To me, they are zoetic.

Bonus Z words for writers: zeal, zest, zzzzz

Do you agree that zoetic writing is the stuff that stays with us?

Thank you for joining me for this month of posts for the 2014 A-to-Z Challenge!

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