According to Healy, the song was part inspiration and part accidental intoxication. He told Jaxsta
in 2020: "Boxing Day, 1995. The band had moved into a flat together in Glasgow, and it was the coldest winter since records began. I had two propane gas heaters on the go with no ventilation. I think I slightly gassed myself and I got quite high. We were massive Oasis fans, and I was sitting and strumming the chords to 'Wonderwall' and also thinking about a song by The Connells and something just clicked. That's where 'Writing To Reach You' came from."