Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” with its throbbing-bass rhythm, pointed steel-like lyrics, and alluringly scalding music video has earned it a spot in our writing tunes library.
Swift’s dip into the idea of horrors and things that go bump in the night starts with her zombie awakening, but it’s not just a zombie Swiftopalist.
Darker layers of Swift’s personality are unveiled with appearances like the Snake Queen, the Queen of Diamonds and the Caged Swift, before her former “images” are on the stage with the new Swift that amply destroys them all.
And while you’ll find countless articles analyzing the depth and meaning behind Swift’s lyrics, you have to look at something else.
With that beat, those lyrics and that attitude, Swift’s single has the oomph needed to get writers going.
The song leaves no question; Swift’s turned tough, confident and lethal. All traits writers love to use when creating a tough, kickass, badass character type. I mean, can anyone say Black Widow?
But creating those character types is hard. Where do you start? And how do you know your character is hitting all those checkmarks? That you’re writing them right?
Well, getting yourself into the correct mainframe– the right mood– can do wonders, hence why we’ve created our writing tunes library. Because let’s face it, you can’t write well without the proper ambiance and trust us, it shows.
So put on your headphones and pop in your tunes. And if Taylor Swift can help you write the next James Bond, then you’re just gonna have to say, “Look what you made me do.”
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Featured Image retrieved from Taylor Swift’s official website.