With my career I’ve been fortunate enough to have success. I’ve had a few main goals and priorities; if I was lucky enough to continue to get to do this and have it go like this [go upwards]. And those two goals were to in spite of the success remain the same person and in spite of success remain the same songwriter. When I was 12 years old and I started writing songs I was writing songs about my life and just because more people are now kind of more interested in these subject material of those songs rather…a little more than when I was 12 now I’m still gonna continue to write about my life.”
- Taylor Swift 2010
"Well, what’s interesting to me is that the formula for my songwriting has never changed. My sound has changed, my style has changed, so many different elements of my life have changed, but the fact that I live my life, I get inspired by my life, I write songs to deal with my life and to cope with it—some of those songs are good enough to make the albums that I put out. I’ll write 100 songs and only 13 of them make the album. But going back to what you said, it’s so interesting that my songwriting method has not changed, the formula hasn’t changed, but just the way the rest of the world views me has changed. So it’s the same thing as me sitting in class when I was 15 and writing a song about an issue I had or a crush or a disappointment. It’s just now I’m not sitting in class now, I’m on a plane across the world, but I’m still writing about my life and I swore to my fans I wouldn’t change that, and I’m not going to."
- Taylor Swift 2014”