One of the biggest mistakes I see aspiring writers make is that of overlooking their peers. When we are trying to get things going with our writing, too many of us are so busy looking up that we forget to look around. There are people at your level right now that are easily accessible to you who will be the biggest writers in town someday. If you spend all of your time trying to set up co-write with writers higher up the ladder from you, you will walk right by these people. And, in walking right by them, you will seal your fate. When they do become successful, they will remember that you didn’t have time for them when they had nothing going on.
My first publisher was a writer as well. He had written with a young artist who was working days selling boots down on Broadway and writing at night. This artist had been turned down by every label in town. He had nothing going on. Still, my publisher believed in him and wrote with him when no one else would.
Being a songwriter is not for the faint of heart. But, being alive is not for the faint of heart, either. The more I experience and the more stories I hear, the more I realize that the vast majority of us have faced some really difficult things in life. If you have not, then count your blessings. I loved this quote the moment I saw it. Even the courageous are afraid. They just decide that something else is more important than fear. Soldiers in battle who go toward the enemy to save a buddy are still afraid. They just put their friend above the fear, and they face it anyway. In life, or in songwriting, the same principle applies. The moment you come over your fears and realize that you actually can start taking the risk and aim to become a full-time writer, the doors will open to you. Life will surprise you the way you never expected. There definitely will be times you will get disappointed and discouraged over and over but you should always remember that you’ve already started a game that from beginning you knew that only strongest ones will survive. Play the game with all your heart and not only you will make it, but the journey as well as the winning will give a joy you never could experience it in anything else.