Many of Goulding's songs vent romantic victories and failures such as this one, which she described to the Daily Mirror as a sad song about "a boy who didn't like me."
When asked in the same interview how she chooses the subjects she writes about, the Hereford born singer-songwriter replied, "I just ask questions about why stuff happens all the time and then I write about it."
Goulding told Sky Songs: "The Writer is the most personal and emotional song I've written yet. It's about how you'd do anything and change absolutely EVERYTHING about yourself if necessary, just to be noticed by this one person."
The song's music video shows Goulding walking around a field and exploring a Lighthouse. The clip was filmed at Happisburgh Lighthouse in Happisburgh, Norfolk in June 2010 and was released on July 11, 2010.
Angus Young created the distinctive opening guitar part for "Thuderstruck" by playing with all the strings taped up, except the B. He learned the studio trick from his older brother George Young, who was the rhythm guitarist for The Easybeats.