What do Taylor Swift and Pens.com have in common? Aside from our entrepreneurial spirits, we share a passion for pens. And though we’ll leave the songwriting to Taylor, we’d like to think we’re the experts on pens, pencils, and writing instruments of all kinds—including Taylor Swift pens.
As part of a 2022 acceptance speech, Taylor mentioned that she divides songs into three categories, based on the kind of pen she imagines writing them with. “I have, in my mind, secretly, established genre categories for lyrics I write,” she said. “They are affectionately titled Quill Lyrics, Fountain Pen Lyrics, and Glitter Gel Pen Lyrics.”
Keep reading to learn about the three kinds of pens that inspire Taylor…and shop some Swiftie-inspired styles at the end!
“I have, in my mind, secretly, established genre categories for lyrics I write. They are affectionately titled Quill Lyrics, Fountain Pen Lyrics, and Glitter Gel Pen Lyrics.”
In Taylor Swift quill lyrics, you’ll find words and phrases that feel antiquated or Victorian. For these songs, she cites Charlotte Bronte and period films (complete with poet shirts and corsets) as inspirations. “If my lyrics sound like a letter written by Emily Dickinson’s great grandmother while sewing a lace curtain, that’s me writing in the Quill genre,” Taylor said in her 2022 acceptance speech at the Nashville Songwriter Awards.
“If my lyrics sound like a letter written by Emily Dickinson’s great grandmother while sewing a lace curtain, that’s me writing in the Quill genre.”
So, it makes sense that “evermore,” “Sad Beautiful Tragic,” “Snow On The Beach,” and “the last great american dynasty” are on the Taylor Swift Quill Pen playlist.
Quill pens, or feather pens, were popular writing tools as early as the 7th century. Made simply from a large feather (usually from a goose or swan), the feather and shaft were cured to improve sturdiness and durability. The hollow shaft acted as a natural ink reserve, while the tip was shaped into a nib that could be repeatedly dipped in ink and used to write.
While quill pens today are more of a novelty item, in their heyday they were used to write the Magna Carta and the United States Declaration of Independence. Texts almost as important as Taylor Swift’s discography! (Kidding…well, kind of.)
Taylor’s fountain pen songs have an element of sacred nostalgia. In her 2022 acceptance speech at the Nashville Songwriter Awards, Taylor said that this song category paints “a vivid picture of a situation, down to the chipped paint on the door frame and the incense dust on the vinyl shelf. Placing yourself and whoever is listening right there in the room where it all happened. The love, the loss, everything. The songs I categorize in this style sound like confessions scribbled and sealed in an envelope, but too brutally honest to ever send.”
“The songs I categorize in this style sound like confessions scribbled and sealed in an envelope, but too brutally honest to ever send.”
So, it should come as no surprise that songs like “All Too Well,” “Cornelia Street,” “Cruel Summer,” “White Horse,” and “Maroon” are on the Taylor Swift Fountain Pen playlist.
The first fountain pen dates back to 1702, and was actually inspired by the quill pen. Fountain pens allow for natural ink flow from the ink reservoir through the tip of the pen with a replaceable cartridge. Fountain pens are popular for calligraphy, since the user has control over the speed, angle, and width of the lines. Whether you use one to pen a letter to a lover or address wedding invitations, a fountain pen is a sophisticated, dramatic choice for modern-day writing.
What’s a glitter gel pen song, you ask? “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,” Taylor explained in her Nashville Songwriter Award acceptance speech. “Glitter Gel Pen lyrics are the drunk girl at the party who tells you that you look like an angel in the bathroom.”
“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.”
On the Taylor Swift Glitter Gel Pen playlist, you’ll find sing-along-ready anthems like “You Need to Calm Down,” “22,” “You Belong With Me,” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” After all, is there a more Taylor Swift glitter lyric than “Best believe I’m still bejeweled/When I walk in the room/I can still make the whole place shimmer/”?
Something about gel pens—specifically glitter ones—feels *so* right for Taylor Swift. After all, what millennial Swiftie *didn’t* have a complete set of colorful gel pens growing up? Gel pens were first introduced in the ‘80s, made with a water-based ink that’s vibrant in color and oh-so-smooth. Channel your inner Taylor to sign a birthday card for your bestie, whether she’s turning 22 or just feeling 22.
Ready to put your own pen to paper? Write your next ballad (or to-do list) with a pen that we think Taylor would approve of. (Added bonus: you can customize these pens with your name, favorite Taylor Swift lyric, or whatever your heart desires!)
From writing lyrics to composing chords, this multi-functional pen includes a stylus and highlighter. It’s perfect for making revisions, brainstorming, and jotting down late-night bursts of inspiration.
Taylor, if you’re reading this, we’d love to send you a set of these metallic-ink gel pens! These are the perfect grown-up version of everyone’s favorite ‘90s-era glitter gel pens.
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