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09-02-2011, 06:59 PM
I have a story that I need to have three distinct parts that are interspersed; song lyrics, thoughts and dialogue and I'm wondering what might be the best way to make this easy for the reader to differentiate. I have put the thoughts in italics, but I also placed the song lyrics in italics in an indented paragraph block, but it seems too much like the thought sequence. Any suggestions?

Craig Wallwork
09-02-2011, 07:44 PM
If you have quotation for the dialogue, italics for the songs, and then do away the quotes for the thoughts. Sometimes putting a slash after the line of the lyrics helps too:

Have some sympathy, and some taste / (woo woo) / Use all your well-learned politesse / Or I'll lay your soul to waste, um yeah / (woo woo, woo woo) / Pleased to meet you....

C.W. LaSart
09-02-2011, 10:31 PM
I didn't know you could sing Craig!

09-04-2011, 01:07 AM
Thanks, Craig! The slashes are a very good idea.

Craig Wallwork
09-05-2011, 04:35 PM
I didn't know you could sing Craig!

You should see my jazz hands!

And Mike, no worries. Good luck.