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Old 02-27-2018, 02:43 PM   #11
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I think the linear lines with the slashes will save me at LEAST another page. WOOT!
If you put each song line into one line of dialogue, you do not need the slash. The slash if for when you run lines together.

Preferred method
Put lyrics into italics.
Expand the right margin of dialogue to accommodate the entire song line.
Of course, it should be clear that the character is singing. You can indicate that in an action line or in a parenthetical.

FAT LADY
Mine eyes have seen the glory
Of the coming of the Lord.
He is tramping out the vintage
Where the grapes of wrath are stored.


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Use / at the end of each song line, but format like any other dialogue. You can use italics for the lyrics, or not. You can indicate singing in the action or in a parenthetical.

FAT LADY
(singing)
Mine eyes have seen the glory/ Of
the coming of the Lord./ He is
tramping out the vintage/ Where
the grapes of wrath are stored.
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Old 02-27-2018, 10:57 PM   #12
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StoryWriter,

You must be talking about a different situation than the one that cvolante was asking about. I think that you may be talking about a situation in which the audience hears a song, but no character in the film is singing it.

It was my impression that cvolante was asking about a character who is singing.

If I were dealing with a background song, I would put that into the action.
I should have caught that.

Mine really wasn't really background, it was part of the story. So it was an odd duck.
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