Thursday, October 31, 2013


Good advice here.

I'm far too poor to pay for the right to use song lyrics in my novels. But the rough draft to The Hermit of Iapetus does have song lyrics in it.

So, what to do?

Establish the mood without quoting the words. Hint at the song, but don't quote it outright. Or maybe a line? I don't know.
Nope. Titles appear to be fair game. But not lyrics. Not even under fair use, according to this expert here.
So it's Get Creative Time. I can do that. Here's a sample:

At least this way, I don't run the risk of writing a novel in which the only good parts are those that are not original, with the original parts not being good. It'll just be mediocre all the way around.

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