Can A Writer Quote Song Lyrics in a Memoir or Novel? – by Anne R Allen…

Song lyrics inspire a lot of writers. Often a song that means a lot to you may be what inspired your book in the first place.

Or you may need to quote those Garth Brooks lyrics to give an authentic tone to that bar scene in your memoir. The band played that song the night your ex asked for a divorce. It’s what really happened!

And the hero of your Romance novel needs to sing that ’80s song to his true love at just the right moment so they’ll fall in love. Nobody could say it better than The Purple One.

Maybe you just want to use lines from a song as headers for your chapters. Or in a dedication in the front matter.

Can you do that? Short answer: yes. But you’re going to have to pay. A whole lot.

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