Jackson believes that the essence of songwriting for her is, "not just about writing lyrics and melody, it's the whole thing." She explained: "We're never going to be one of those groups that writes 100 songs then picks the best ten. If we start a song and we don't like it after half an hour, we just don't go back to it. (La Roux partner) Ben won't even let me put a proper beat in until we've written the song. You can always tell a good song, no matter what style it's in, by whether you can pick up a guitar, or go on the piano, and play it.
'Bulletproof' is a good example. We started it, and it felt really good. We had a great verse, and then we did about five choruses. The lyric went 'This time I'll be... ' and there was too much of a gap. We'd both been sitting there in silence for ages trying to work it out. Suddenly, we both looked up and went 'This time, baby' and thought, 'Yes, let's get it down.' I do remember that when we wrote that, we thought 'Call the manager, we've got the one.'"
(The above two quotes are taken from The Ivor Novello Essays
published at Basca.org.uk/