With phones, the ability to write whenever you want no matter where you are is as simple as taking out your phone and opening a notepad app. For some people though, they want something more substantial and handy than just a notepad to aid them in their creative writing. Here are the eight best poetry writing apps for Android, for easy, on the go access to writing poetry whenever you get inspired.
1. Rhyme Time Professional by MNSC
Rhyme Time Professional, by MNSC, deserves the number one spot on this list for sure. Rhyme Time Professional is a rhyming dictionary, as the name suggests, but aside from that, it has a notepad for you to use to work out your poems and ideas.
Rhyme Time’s database has over 100,000 words for you to choose from, along with their definitions and pronunciation. Rhyme Time enables you to hear the pronunciation out loud as well. Using the database and rhyme search doesn’t require internet, but hearing the pronunciation of each word and reading the definitions does require internet.
This app lets you choose different types of rhymes to choose from to help you find the right word. This includes perfect rhymes, half rhymes, vowel rhymes, consonant rhymes, head rhymes, eye rhymes, semi rhymes, rich rhymes, and oblique rhymes. Most of these I’ve never even heard of before, so the app seems to have a lot of flexibility.
When searching for the correct word, the results are sorted with the most commonly used words appearing at the top.
Rhyme Time Professional would be great for anyone who wants to write poetry, songs, or even just spice up their stories or essays with some less common word choices. The app can be found on the Google Play Store at a price of $4.
2. JotterPad by Two App Studio Pte. Ltd.
JotterPad is for someone who just wants to write in a clean, non distracting fashion. It’s a text editor app that gets rid of all the frills of a normal word processor and leaves you with the necessities for writing everything from poetry, to lyrics, to screenplay, to essays.
With JotterPad, even though it’s more of a minimalistic writing app, it still has enough customizability features to make it look better than a plain notepad app. If you prefer to use a dark screen while writing, you can change the paper to black and the text to white. You can also change the fonts, colors of font, and change the style of font (bold, italic, etc).
The app also has an extended keyboard, so you don’t have to press a billion different things just to add punctuation. It also offers typewriter style scrolling, markdown, and a word counter. The markdown offers things like tables, bulleted lists, and numbered lists.
On top of all that, JotterPad syncs to the Cloud, so you don’t have to worry about losing your work. It’s fully compatible with Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive. Additionally, there’s a built in dictionary so you don’t have to spend time surfing the web for word definitions.
Overall, this app is really simple to use and it minimizes distractions. If you’re someone who loses focus easily, this app is a fantastic tool because it doesn’t have all the extra unnecessary tools that you might not need if you’re just writing poetry or something similar, like an essay. The screenplay feature is really handy and it makes writing scripts super easy. I definitely recommend JotterPad for anyone who wants to write screenplay on the go.
JotterPad is free and you can upgrade it to get some other features.
3. Rhymes for Rap by Lyricspiration
Now, the name of this app might not be related to poetry, but read on and you’ll find out why Rhymes for Rap works as a poetry app.
Obviously, as the name suggests, Rhymes for Rap is mainly for rap lyrics. However, if you’re into slam type poetry, this app is a gold mine. Rhymes for Rap is a multi-syllable rhyming app. You simply enter a word in the search function, and it will come up with phrases that rhyme with the word.
For example, if you enter the word “deadbeat” into the search, Rhymes for Rap might come up with phrases like “red meat” or “lead feet.”
Rhymes for Rap lets you search for rhyming words and phrases up to six syllables long. It works great for one to two syllable words, but if you put in some longer words or phrases, you can get some crazy results. I tried this one out myself and ended up with some really witty rhymes. You also have the ability to favorite and bookmark different phrases for easy access later.
This app would be perfect for a slam poet or really any poet who wants to incorporate some clever and potentially humorous phrasing into their work. Rhymes for Rap is free to download.
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4. Mirakee by Mirakee Quotes & Poetry
Mirakee is an app that’s got more of a social element to it while still enabling you to write poetry. It’s similar to Instagram, but for poetry.
With Mirakee, you can write poetry, edit it, and even copyright your work. You’re able to share your quotes or poems as an image over various social media platforms as well. These image posts are fully editable, so you can change the font, the font color, and the background image to create a post that really draws people in and catches their eye while they’re scrolling through social media.
Mirakee’s social network holds daily challenges that you can use as writing prompts if you’re feeling stuck, and you can see the work of other poets and writers on Mirakee as well. You’re able to interact with other writers and give them feedback on their posts by commenting.
Mirakee also allows you to save posts as drafts so you can come back to them later or write down ideas when the moment hits.
Mirakee supports reading and writing in any language, so there is complete international functionality. Also, if you’re an author who has published books before, you can get verified as an author on the app.
To further expand your audience, after you make 20 posts on Mirakee, you automatically become searchable on Google, so you can use this to market yourself and get more exposure.
I highly recommend Mirakee if you enjoy the social aspect of writing poetry and want to get noticed in the creative writing world. You can find it on the Google Play Store and download it for free.
5. RhymeZone Rhyming Dictionary by Datamuse Corporation
RhymeZone Rhyming Dictionary is one of the better rhyming dictionaries (and thesauruses) out there.
With RhymeZone, you have the choice to search for rhymes, near rhymes, synonyms, antonyms, homophones, similar sounding words in general, words with the same consonant pattern, and other related words that might appear in the same context you’re talking about.
RhymeZone doesn’t require an internet connection, but if you do use it while connected to the internet, it gives you all the features that the RhymeZone website offers.
RhymeZone has a special feature called “Poet Maker”, which lets you search even more in depth by searching for words by rhyme and definition at the same time. For example, if you need a word that rhymes with “that” but means “large or heavy”, it might suggest “fat” to you.
For this reason, I recommend RhymeZone to any and all poets, as well as songwriters and rappers, because of how specific you can get when searching for rhymes. As far as I’m aware, there aren’t any other applications that do this, especially not for Android, so RhymeZone is the app to get.
It costs $3 on the Google Play Store, but it’s well worth it.
6. HaikuJAM by HaikuJAM
HaikuJAM is another social network-esque poetry writing app. HaikuJAM focuses on haikus, hence the name.
With HaikuJAM, there’s a catch. You write one line of the poem, and then two other random strangers from the HaikuJAM community each add a line. It’s collaborating with the excitement of not knowing what someone will put for the next line. It really takes poetry and creativity in general to the next level.
This is a great app because when you’re collaborating with others, it prevents writer’s block and you can end up with some really great results. Two heads are better than one here.
On top of this really creative way to write poetry, HaikuJAM also enables you to chat with other people using the app and also read other poems that have been created by users all around the world. You can also browse poems by topic, read the top poems of the day, and earn badges and accomplishments for writing. HaikuJAM also has weekly writing challenges.
If you’re specifically into writing haikus or want a really unique way to collaborate on poems with other people, HaikuJAM is the poetry writing app for you. On top of all that, it’s free and there’s also an iOS version of it.
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7. Blackout Bard by Deep Mobile Creative Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Blackout Bard is another really different way to write poetry. If you’re familiar with blackout poetry, that’s exactly what this app allows you to do.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with blackout poetry, you essentially black out words on a page of literature or text, except for the words you want to include in order in your poem. Whatever you don’t black out becomes the poem.
With Blackout Bard, you select text from the internet, whether it’s an article, a quote, a product description on Amazon, or whatever else, and then import the text into the app. From there, Blackout Bard allows you to black out all the words you want excluded from the poem.
Once you black out all the parts of the text that you want, you can either choose to just dim them or black them out completely. Additionally you can change the color of the page or use an image instead.
Blackout Bard allows you to share your creations to social media platforms and edit them further.
I recommend Blackout Bard if you want to try a new and easy way to write poetry. Anyone can create blackout poetry, but I think Blackout Bard would especially appeal to beginner poets because of its simplistic design and ease of use.
Blackout Bard is free for you to download.
8. Poet Assistant by Carmen Alvarez
Poet Assistant is another rhyming app that helps you find the right words to use in your poetry. Unlike Rhyme Time, Poet Assistant doesn’t require any internet connection at all; everything is built into the app.
Poet Assistant features a rhyming dictionary, a normal dictionary, and a thesaurus. The rhyming dictionary used is the Carnegie Mellon University pronunciation dictionary, and the thesaurus and normal dictionary are courtesy of wordnet.com.
Upon searching through the Carnegie Mellon rhyming dictionary, it starts off with the best matching words to complete your rhyme, and decreases as you progress further down the list. On the same page, it gives you the option to look up each word in the dictionary or thesaurus. You also have the option to favorite the words that you like so you don’t have to go looking around for them again at a later time.
Another feature that most of the other rhyming dictionary apps on this list don’t have that Poet Assistant does have is a text to speech program. In the app, you can type your poem and then with the text to speech feature, you can have your phone read it out loud to you.
The text to speech is a great feature because in some cases you need to know how your poem sounds, but if you’re writing on the go, you might not have the time to or be in a place where you can read your poems out loud.
Overall, Poet Assistant has everything you might need while writing poetry. It’s very straightforward and simple, so you won’t have any issues with figuring out how to use it. I recommend it if you’re a no frills type of writer and want something a bit more complex than a boring notepad app.
Poet Assistant is free to download in the Google Play Store.