It keeps coming up…
You songwriters keep telling me you’re not sure what it takes to be a successful writer.
You write and write and write…and CRICKETS.
One of my mentorees said to me last week that she didn’t feel like a “real” songwriter because she doesn’t feel successful.
What is your definition of success?
When you’re shooting your arrow for the air, it’s easy to hit, but impossible to land.
Be honest, how many of you have no idea why you’re writing beyond “I just write?”
Newsflash: you cannot be a successful writer if you don’t even know what that means to you.
So finish this sentence:
I am a successful songwriter when ___________.
(…when I write consistently? …when I have 32 Grammy’s? …when my songs matter to me? …when my songs matter to anyone but my Mom?
Belinda, you absolutely cannot define your own success as a writer by someone else’s.
There will never be another YOU, and your experience as a writer has to be uniquely yours.
Take a little time to mull over what success means to you. Otherwise, you won’t know it when you have it.