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We all know (or should know) you can't use song lyrics of your current favorite tune from the radio in your novels. However, you can use the artist's name and the song title. The questions today are when do you italicize, when do you use quotation marks, and when do you use roman (normal) typeface?
Today, we're going to look at a simple way to remember when to use italics and when to use quotations. We're going to give you the long and the short of it. Really. The way to remember is by thinking LONG Works and SHORT Works.
For authors, the skinny of this blog is to list the artist in roman/normal font and the song in quotation marks.
So think Short = quoteS and Long = itaLics.
[[A mnemonic working for you! Look it up. =) ]]
(NOTE: My editing style for FICTION is to use single quotation marks except for dialogue. I would apply that same style for consistency to song titles.)
The Chicago Manual of Style offers an entire section to this subject and much more. CMOS 8 "Names and Terms" and specifically, CMOS 8.154 "Titles of Works"
Also, check out The Punctuation Guide for a more.
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