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    Senior Member Involuntarily Committed MrRoland's Avatar
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    Format question

    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?

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    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....

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    I didn't know you could sing Craig!

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    Thanks, Craig! The slashes are a very good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.W. LaSart View Post
    I didn't know you could sing Craig!
    You should see my jazz hands!

    And Mike, no worries. Good luck.

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