The secret to Taylor Swift’s writing process is…cool pens. ‹ Literary Center

September 21, 2022, 2:22 p.m.

At Literary Hub dot com, we are huge Taylor Swift fans. We are eagerly awaiting his new album. We listen to all the old stuff (Taylor’s version) in anticipation. We will literally find any excuse to write about her. I mean, she’s arguably become one of our most literary celebrities.

Last night our daughter was on a stage in Nashville accepting the Songwriter of the Decade award. She thanked her family and friends, quoted the great Nora Ephron (“Everything is Copy”) and shared a secret “dorky” part of her writing process…Ready For It?

I have also, in my mind, secretly established genre categories for the lyrics I write. Three of them, to be exact. They are affectionately titled Quill Lyrics, Fountain Pen Lyrics and Glitter Gel Pen Lyrics.

I know this sounds confusing, but I’ll try to explain. I created these categories based on the writing implement I imagine I had in my hand when I scribbled it, figuratively speaking. I don’t really have a pen. More. I broke it once when I was angry.

Honestly, that makes complete and total sense to me, and I feel like if you love her as much as I do, you can probably break her songs down into those categories on your own, but she went on to elaborate: “I categorize some of my songs in the Quill style if the words and phrases are outdated, if I was inspired to write it after reading Charlotte Brontë. (Her example for this type of writing is “Ivy”. )

She describes the fountain pen style as “modern script or references, with a poetic twist […] Place yourself and the listener right there in the room where it all happened. (See: “Too good.”)

And, finally, we have the Glitter Gel Pen category: “frivolous, carefree, bouncy, syncopated perfectly to the beat.” Glitter Gel Pen lyrics don’t care if you don’t take them seriously because they don’t take themselves seriously. (As in “Shake It Off”.)

Writers know all too well how hard it can be to put pen to paper. So this is it! This is how Taylor Swift fills in the blank space.

[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]

Scott R. Banks