Step One Find a song. If you need help, check out the Recommended Songs list on the right.
Step Two Think about how you're going to use the song. Will it describe an event or a character? What's the mood of
the song? You may have to change the word choice and flow of the fic depending on the mood. *IMPORTANT NOTE* Do NOT just take
the song and change around some of the words. That is dishonest and unoriginal. Use the lyrics of the song to help you convey
the mood of your words.
Step Three Write the fic without the lyrics. Keep thinking about how the song will fit with what you're writing. Hip
Tip: When you do put the lyrics in, make sure they're in italics or a different font so your readers can differentiate your
words from the song.
Step Four Add the lyrics in the appropriate places. This means far away from quotation marks. Again, look at your writing.
Do the lyrics mesh with the prose?
Step Five Put on the finishing touches. This isn't for the faint-hearted, but it's sometimes fun to play around with
punctuation in the lyrics. For example: What have I become, my sweetest friend? has a quite different meaning from
What have I become? My sweetest friend.
Extremely Important Note! Lyrics do NOT belong:
1) In dialogue
2) In monologues
3) In character descriptions
Also, put a disclaimer up saying that the song does not belong to you (if you wrote it, mention that too). This way you won't
break any copywright laws. It's also good to keep in mind that Fanfiction.net does not permit songfics of any kind. You will
be kicked off of FFN if the mods see you wrote a songfic.
To see where lyrics should go, check out a songfic I wrote: