Sunday, February 2, 2014
Taylor Swift writes romances
Behind every good romance there’s backstory.
They began meeting for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Liz Rose, a mentor, in Taylor Swift’s early development has said the sessions were "some of the easiest I've ever done. Basically, I was just her editor. She'd write about what happened in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to say. And she'd come in with the most incredible hooks." [Hooks-anyone]
Taylor Allison Swift is a singer/songwriter who crosses over from country to pop. She’s disciplined and brilliant. She writes romance. Except the whole story is told in a couple minutes.
The idea of building an emotional connection in two to four minutes is at least a good reason to see your story in terms of a log or tag line.
Taylor writes mostly about teenage or young adult love. If you do neither you’re missing a subtle concept in romance: every good romance has backstory. Every good romance should charm the reading audience right up front. Later, you can make a record. Behind many a hero or heroine is a story or two of how they were hurt or learned from rejection or how they learned from an amazing romance that for (add a reason), did not make it. A teenager becomes a young adult becomes an adult.
Below see, Taylor Swift, "Love Story," 2008. Note how this short song develops the story through scene, fantasy, a young girl's (and guy's) emotions. She makes a plea for a storybook ending and finds hope in the final scene. (Oh, and oh yes, there are hooks whether you're just listening to her tone, meaning, and delivery or watching her interpretation via video. No wonder, she's set records and won countless awards.