I get emails from writers every week asking questions, or advice or just for the benefit of my experience. I always send a thoughtful reply and whether or not it’s helpful it’s always sincere. I try to make whatever I know available to anyone who wants it.
I’ve been ask why I give it away in emails, at seminars and at conferences. Well, it feeds my ego of course, but there’s more to it than that. I figure it’s payback, or maybe pay forward, for all the people who gave me advice and shared their experience when I was trying to figure out this writing thing. Somebody told me what I needed to know, and when I tell someone else I think at some future time they’ll give it away to another, younger writer. It could go on for generations, a little bit of me passed down like a verbal inheritance.
So whether you’re an author, a carpenter or an accountant, you’re good at something and I encourage you to share your knowledge. It's one way to live forever.