by Steve Laube
My hope is that this headline is true. While the writing profession (or obsession as some describe it) is a solitary one, it is in giving to others where its impact can be felt.
The gift of time is precious as we are given a finite amount in this life. To mentor another writer. To blog freely. To teach at a conference or school setting. All are example of a beautiful way to both give and receive.
To use your talent to its fullest is a gift to others. To hone that talent so that it crescendos into the heart of a reader should be the goal of every writer. This talent must be shared. To hoard it for oneself would be a travesty and tantamount to the deadly sin of greed.
I am talking about the things you treasure, like your money. One of my favorite epigrams is from Ellie Kay who wrote “The sweetest dollar you ever make is the one you give away.” That is so true! In a December article Cynthia Ruchti wrote about a number of novelists who have tied the revenue of their work to various charities. One example from the article is novelist Loree Lough who consistently donates a portion of her proceeds to causes like autism research, the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania, Special Olympics, and breast cancer research. There are dozens of writers who do the same or tie content in their books to specific charities or causes. And I suspect that many others do similar work but have not made that knowledge public. The point is to consider making your work have monetary benefit to others other than yourself.
How have you benefitted from the gift of another writer?
How do you plan to give back to others?