"The function of the creative artist consists of making laws, not in following laws already made" (Ferruccio Busoni)
There are two types of songwriters, music producers and artists: The follower and the leader. The Follower: Will work very hard to write what is the hottest trend, write about familiar subjects that are commonly heard on the radio or in music, produce similar sounding productions or emulate different styles of music.
The Leader: Will intuitively look beyond the norm, push boundaries, will listen for what is not heard, will analyze and change up things with a driving passion, take chances with results sometimes ending in things either really great or really whack and will shoot to be a trendsetter.
Being a follower or leader is not wrong, just different - each role has its purpose and place. Not everyone is supposed to be a leader and not everyone is supposed to be a follower. However, when you find out which one you are, it will help you determine how to network and who you need in your circle to achieve your goals.
Take the Music Tutorial Article: Are you a Follower or a Leader in the Music Industry?