A-Z Challenge,  Writing

Z is for Zyzzyva

Because it’s the final day of A-Z, and why not go out with something great!
Zyzzyva is a type of weevil, which is a kind of beetle. Also, apparently, Zyzzyva is the last word in many English dictionaries!

Photo From: Wikipedia

As a writer, I have, in the past, tended to ignore things like insects in my writing. But in one of the stories I am currently querying, I actually do mention bugs as a somewhat important point in the grand scheme of the story line. My bugs are not Zyzzyvas, but they are beetles.

I don’t honestly know a ton about insects of any sort, but it was interesting to make the decision to add these into my writing. In my story, my beetle is inspired by actual insects, but is itself a fantasy crossbreed between a couple of different bugs. And yet, it was still a neat experience to pull myself into the world of insects, trying to figure out exactly what I wanted in my beetles, and learning more about the bugs than I ever expected my writing to teach me!

Things like, apparently the name Zyzzyva was probably given to this beetle as a practical joke, simply so it would appear at the very end of guides.

Happy end of A-Z everyone! And a super congrats to everyone who managed to do all 26 days!


  • Deshipley

    You're a braver writer than I; highly unlikely that extensive bug research will go into any story of mine! Although I did get up the courage to do a bit of reading up on damselflies, the once…
    In any case, now we know: The alphabetized animal kingdom goes from aardvarks to Zyzzyvas! 😀

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