How to Quickly Write a Rhyme

Updated on October 11, 2019
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My love of Dr. Seuss and rhyming poems started from when I first learned to read.

How to Quickly Write a Rhyme
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Before You Begin, Know Your Subject!

The biggest part of writing a rhyme is knowing your subject matter. While you may think the hardest part is finding words that rhyme, it actually isn't the hardest part once you've gotten the hang of it. After a while, you'll see what words rhyme with which other words, and you'll have figured out many different ways to say the same thing—each with a different sound at the end of the line. However, without content, you are seriously hampering your ability to write a rhyme quickly.

So the first thing to do is figure out what you want to write about. In this example, I've decided to write a poem about why someone should hire me on UpWork to write a rhyming poem.

Once you know what you want to write about, figure out what messages you want to convey. I want to convey that I write excellent rhymes, I am very speedy at writing them, that I've got a track record of doing them, the customer will be happy, and that I can write about many different things. As a preview, here is what I wrote in 2 minutes (and 3 seconds):

You may wonder why you should hire me
And I'll tell you, because I'll make you happy
For my work is both fast and of the best quality
It is from the heart that I give this work to thee

The above four lines took just over a minute to write
I hope that it shows you that I can certainly delight
Writing about whatever you need from serious to silly
Yes this whole rhyme was written in just 2 minutes, no really!

The poem I wrote in 2 minutes for my UpWork profile.
The poem I wrote in 2 minutes for my UpWork profile.

Don't Think, Just Write!

It can seem scary to just write without everything planned out, but over time your mind will automatically find the ideas and words that rhyme for you. With enough practice finding rhyming words will be easy.

Writing the First Line

To facilitate this process, start by writing the first line. I find longer lines are actually easier to write than shorter ones because you have more room to work with in order to rearrange the words in order to make them rhyme.

In my example it is:

You may wonder why you should hire me

Since the last word of the line is me, I need to now figure out what words rhyme with me. However, I should first figure out what the next line could be. I decided that I wanted to say that I delight the customer. Now comes the tricky part: How to make the line rhyme.

How to Make the Line Rhyme

I start by writing a line of probable equal length that may or may not rhyme:

You may wonder why you should hire me
I'll tell you, because I will delight you

When I first started, (before the internet) I had to think on my own what words rhymed with a particular word. Now there are online tools like rhyming dictionaries (RhymeZone, Rhymer, etc.) that take the stress out of the process and cut the writing time to a fraction of what I had to go through. Then again, because of the many cumulative hours of thinking up rhymes, I am an expert of immense talent that would be very hard to replicate the speed at which I write if I was only relying on tools.

The QWERTY Trick

If you don't want to look up on these tools words that rhyme, I simply look at my keyboard. For each letter on the keyboard, I think of a word that rhymes with me for each letter of the QWERTY keyboard:

Quay, We, Eatery, Reality, Treaty, Yipee

At some point, a word will give you an idea of what you might fit in the line. In my case, I came across Happy and knew that I wanted to convey that I made clients happy. Instead of writing forwards, you write backwards from the word that rhymes. My example is now:

You may wonder why you should hire me
I'll make you happy

As you can see there are way more syllables in the first line than the second. We need to fix this by adding in words or ideas that is consistent with the topic we are addressing with the poem. Eventually, I came up with:

You may wonder why you should hire me
And I'll tell you, because I'll make you happy

Matching Line Length

Generally speaking, I try to make the lines look to be approximately the same length. If one is longer than the other (or the rest of the poem) I will alter the wording by changing synonyms. For example, if the line was too short, I'd change it from I'll tell you, and replace it with I'll explain it to you. If it was too long, I'd find a more concise way to say it (usually using synonyms again). For example, I could replace because with for.

Instead of writing forwards, you write backwards from the word that rhymes

— Derek Turner
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Write in Stanzas

So now that you've got your first couple lines written, finish by writing the rest of a 4 line stanza. Poetry is an art, so you will find differing opinons about this, but I firmly believe that rhyming poems should be 4 lines per stanza and each stanza should contain a single theme.

You may wonder why you should hire me
And I'll tell you, because I'll make you happy
For my work is both fast and of the best quality
It is from the heart that I give this work to thee

As you may have noticed, this entire first stanza is about the quality work that I would be producing for the prospective client. Once you've finished the stanza, complete the next stanza in the same way until you've completed the complete poem.

Each stanza should contain a single theme

— Derek Turner

Top 5 Ways to Avoid Writer's Block

Every writer will get writer's block from time to time. Here are some strategies to overcome writer's block:

  1. Don't panic: The worst thing you can do is panic. We are at our best selves when we are relaxed. Our minds can think faster and better when we are relaxed and not stressed.
  2. Take a break: Once you've tried to think of something and nothing is coming. Take a quick break and you'll find your mind will sprint past your consciousness to find the answer. I can't tell you how many times the answer the problem I was trying to solve all morning came when I wasn't thinking about it, whether walking to get a drink from the water cooler or taking a bio break.
  3. Try a different approach: If you are finding that you can't make something rhyme, just change the word in the previous sentence. Find a word that you'd rather use, and discover a word that rhymes with that word that could be used in the previous line (using the keyboard technique or use a rhyme dictionary).
  4. Stick to the most common word endings: One of the most common word endings is "ee". There are so many words that rhyme with this, you are bound to find something that rhymes with what you need. Keep tabs on which word endings you find easy to rhyme with, and which ones are hard. Stick to the easy ones until you get more comfortable with rhyming quickly.
  5. Break the rules: I personally have a few rules, about how it should never have the same word ending repeat twice in a row, or that the word endings should be exactly the same syllable. But sometimes you are struggling and the only way to make it work is to use the same word again. Or to use a word that looks like it rhymes, but verbally it doesn't actually have the same syllable. (e.g. hive and give).

Combating Writer's Block

What is the hardest part about rhyming poetry?

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    • Gina145 profile image


      3 years ago from South Africa

      When I was younger I used to write a lot of poetry but for some reason over the years my inspiration dried up. Hopefully I can get out of the rut and start again because it's something I really enjoy.

    • Derek Turner profile imageAUTHOR

      Derek Turner 

      3 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      Thanks, I'm always happy to help the community! I'm glad you found these tips useful. :)

    • Fullerman5000 profile image

      Ryan Fuller 

      3 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      Sometimes it is hard to rhyme certain words. I find myself getting stuck in a few of my previous poems where I have almost had to re-write the line. These are some useful tips for people who love writing poetry. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Interesting tips. Thanks for sharing. I personally find it easier to write in rhyme than prose. I often even tell stories through rhyme.


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