IMO, drummers should force themselves to get involved with the songwriting process. Even if it's just hammering down some basic melodies in Garageband and presenting to your band. I think back in the day, many rock drummers could be lazy and just wait for their turn to record in a band setting. Get your name on some songwriting credits, even if you are one of many co-writers on a filler album track. One reason Neil Peart and the likes can afford to retire is due to the songwriting royalties.Two statements caught my attention:
"On the whole, too little is expected from drummers, and consequently they expect too little from themselves."
An interesting angle on the argument about whether drummers are musicians/artists or not.
"Music is so good for children. But everybody immediately says “you can’t make a living at that.” Whose asking if anybody can earn a living, the child is six!” Take it for what it’s doing you at the time, which is tremendous application. To study a musical instrument is a tremendous thing to do. Never mind if it’s going to earn you a living or not!"