Creative Writer - Fun! Easy! Write! - Ideas for Writing and Texting - Flow of Words, Poetry and Lyrics

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Find the right words, learn vocabulary, but prepare to pay.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Vocabulary-building through definitions, synonyms, rhyming words. Combining knowledge to produce content that's shared with others.

Ease of Play

Easy to use, but users are often reminded how limited their choices are, unless they make in-app purchases.

Violence

Words and phrases with mild horror or violent themes may appear, depending on what users are typing. Content is user-dependent.

Sex

Words and phrases with sexually suggestive themes may appear, depending on what users are typing. Content is user-dependent.

Language

Content is user-dependent. If a user types in profanity, the definition of that word, common words that accompany that word, rhyming words, and more will appear. The profanity filter (set by the user) does not prevent the user from typing in profanity, just from those words appearing as options.

Consumerism

In-app purchases heavily promoted. Users are often reminded of how much better their results would be if they purchased the Pro Mode, Power Mode, Dictionary, Writer's Pack, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol, tobacco, drug references may appear, depending on what words the user adds. Content is user-dependent.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Creative Writer - Fun! Easy! Write! - Ideas for Writing and Texting - Flow of Words, Poetry and Lyrics is a composition assistant app that uses a predictive keyboard to suggest words to use in text messages, poems, stories, and more. Described as an "innovative and resources tool for novice and expert writers," it can help users find synonyms, definitions, and song lyrics, and even get help formatting recipes. The free version is very limited; it's more of a trial than a usable tool. Each in-app purchase (Power Mode, Dictionary, Dictionary Pro, Writer's Pack, and more) adds more words and features. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To use CREATIVE WRITER - FUN! EASY! WRITE! - IDEAS FOR WRITING AND TEXTING - FLOW OF WORDS, POETRY AND LYRICS, first enable the app's keyboard on your phone. Choose it as your keyboard to use Creative Writer to write text messages (and communicate via social apps) or write within the app itself. Choose the desired vocabulary -- Classics, "You and Me," Song Lyrics, and more -- and begin choosing words. Tap on the word to see its meaning, synonyms, and more. Export what you've written by choosing share and which method you'd like to use to share your work. To change the font, background, and size of type, or to filter profanity, choose to use the "talking robot," and for more options, go to settings.

Is it any good?

With the in-app purchase features added, this app can be a fun and effective creative writing and vocabulary tool, but as a freebie, it's underwhelming. The free version of Creative Writer - Fun! Easy! Write! - Ideas for Writing and Texting - Flow of Words, Poetry and Lyrics is essentially a predictive text tool with some added words and meager options. With the paid features, it becomes a pretty terrific resource for word definitions, synonyms, related creative phrases, rhyming words, and more. The talking robot is just odd -- and a feature most users will likely want to skip. Also, since teens can take text from other sources and combine it into something new, parents will want to discuss plagiarism and using someone else's content fairly. Ultimately, perhaps the developer should just charge a premium price and provide all the features available via in-app purchase from the get-go. As it stands, if you download this app, be prepared to be underwhelmed -- or to pay for the essential features.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Creative Writer - Fun! Easy! Write! - Ideas for Writing and Texting - Flow of Words, Poetry and Lyrics offers words from different genres to help users write more creatively and accurately. How does vocabulary change the meaning of your message? Why is it important to choose your words carefully and match them to who you're speaking to and what message you're trying to convey?

  • This app provides a good opportunity to talk about plagiarism. What is the difference between using a word from a lyric in a text message to a friend and borrowing a whole lyric and claiming to have written it in a school paper?

  • When you put something in writing digitally, it is out there forever. Read Common Sense Media's 3 Kinds of Apps that Stir Up Drama in Schools and talk to your kid about using this app -- and their own self-selected words -- responsibly when sending or posting messages about or to others. 

App details

For kids who love writing and homework help

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