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.

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Comment by carole gill on August 4, 2008 at 11:16pm
How positive that is.
And I agree, to be stingy with wisdom is not to be wise!
How's that for a Monday, Austin?!

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