For Taylor Swift, Are Any Topics Off Limits?

'The more the intense ... the more I know I need to write a song about it,' Speak Now singer explains.

Taylor Swift writes songs about everything that happens to her: the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful. So, when she sat down to write her just-released Speak Now, she admits that while some of her experiences were difficult, she used the album as catharsis for the past two years of her event-filled life.

"Those things are not things that I stop myself and don't write songs about, those are things that take a while to figure out how to write,"

she revealed to MTV News. "I write about everything that intensely affects me. The more intense, the more painful, the more of a shudder it is to think about, the more I know I need to write a song about it to get past it."

For Swift, that's no different than what she's been doing her whole songwriting existence, even long before she became a chart-topping, award-winning megastar.

"It's been like this since I was a little kid, and I would go to school, and I would think to myself, 'Man, I'm really lonely, and I don't know who to talk to today, but it's OK 'cause I can write a song about it later.' It's the same process; I'm just 20 now."

As for any songs that are just too hard to release right now, she says she's not sitting on any painful material. The songs that are the most emotional for her didn't get early Speak Now releases. She waited until the official release to share them.

"Well, those are on the album, and those are the ones that haven't been released early," she said. "Those are the ones that are little surprises ... so I'm on the edge of my seat."

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