22 Tips To Start Building A RHYMING DICTIONARY You Always Wanted

22 tips to start building a rhyming dictionary you always wanted 18589
22 tips to start building a rhyming dictionary you always wanted 18589

The idea of creating a rhyming dictionary is nothing new. We all know that when we create compelling sentences, they flow naturally and effortlessly with the rhythm of our words. But when it comes to the act of putting in work into creating those perfect rhymes, now that’s where it gets tough.

Luckily for us, these 22 tips to start building a rhyming dictionary you always wanted are right at our fingertips. The tips include anything from how important poetry and song lyrics play a role in rhymes to who should be your target audience (and why).

1) Download a rhyming dictionary. 

Create a list of rhymes you can use in your writing. This could be a list of made-up rhymes that rhyme but don’t have anything to do with writing, or it could be as simple as what type of word can go before another word that rhymes. 

2) Get some friends to help you. 

Have several people you can send these rhyming dictionaries to: a good friend, your English teacher, or someone at the library. (Remember, it’s better to go down two or three times then miss one.) The trick is to create a rhyme list that will be fun for all the people involved.

3) Bravely print out your list and stick it on the fridge. 

In order to get your brain ready for creating rhymes, write a poem out first without looking at the rhymes list. You can also use flashcards as a way of helping memorize and practice your rhymes.

4) Make a presentation. 

Prepare a PowerPoint presentation for your family and friends about the psychological and sociological impact of rhymes in the written language. 

5) Keep up with today’s rhyming dictionaries. 

Every year, there are new rhyming dictionaries released, so you need to stay on top of this if you want to be updated on the ever-changing rhymes landscape. 

6) Read poems and short stories daily.

Reading helps you expand your vocabulary and recognize rhyming patterns. Also, it’s a great way to become more conversational and engaging in conversation when you have to write about a poem. 

7) Invite a friend over to make up rhymes. 

Everyone loves a challenge and this will be no exception. This is also a great way to relieve stress while practicing rhyming in the comfort of your own home. 

8) Socializing

Socialize online by joining online forums featuring poets or writing groups discussing poetry and rhymes.

9) Use of Internet

Use the Internet as a resource for finding rhymes or poetically pairing words with pictures of books , movies, or nature scenes, etc., even if they don’t rhyme directly.

10) Play silly word games. 

The word game “Pangram” is a good way to expand your knowledge of rhymes. You will be surprised how many rhymes you know by playing with this type of game.

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11) Audition words in your head as you read. 

If you listen as you read, this will help expand your listening skills but also help train your brain to make mental predictions about the words coming up ahead in the story. This would be a fun game for friends and family to play together to see who can predict the most words correctly.

12) Read books out loud with a friend. 

This is a great way to practice reading rhymes and also to be more expressive when presenting your ideas in class.

13) Play a rhyming game with your family  

Set up one or two rules if you’re going to allow exceptions, then play the rhyming game. 

14) Inspiration

Write inspirational poetry and have it written on a poster or screen saver on your computer.

15) Google search 

Google search words that relate to situations in order to find quotes that may help inspire you or fit what you are writing about. One example is the word “failure.” The word “failure” has many results that include phrases like: “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. –Truman Capote, American writer” and “Failure is not an option. It comes bundled with your software. –Lisa Schroeder, American poet.”  

16) Lists

Create a list of all the words you want to use for another person to create a poem. Then, that person gives it back to you as a gift of sorts.

17) Write several poems per day 

Have someone start at one end and read them out loud in order as you write them down on a piece of paper. Once they have read each one, cross it off the list and repeat this process until you have finished writing all your poems for the day.

18) Research which words rhyme with other words.

The rhyme dictionary mentioned above will have a list of every word that rhymes with another word. You also can find an online rhyming dictionary or create your own. Using the same rhyming dictionary, look up each word and see if it rhymes with any other word in the dictionary and make a list of the ones that do. 

19) Find interesting phrasal verbs (shout, laugh, run ,etc.).

20) Use a well-known poem as a “guiding light” for you to use for your own poems.

Twenty-one) Use rhyming dictionary to create poems as a way of memorizing your rhymes. 

The rhyming dictionary will have either a list of the words it offers suggestions for rhyming with another word or it will give you the spelling of a word and you can figure out what words rhyme with that one. 

22) Use your own voice.

Finally, use your own voice (or someone else’s) as a way to keep track of rhymes that you have created previously. The best way to do this is by using a program called “Evernote.” This is an app that allows users to record audio notes or type up text.


Not all rhymes are created equally. Some people get bored by them while others fall in love with them. The core of this concept is to figure out what rhymes you like and build off of that, then build off to challenge yourself and expand your mind. Try incorporating the ideas from this article into your writing and when you share it with others, you may be surprised how much their minds are expanded by it as well.


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