The idea that writers should work for free rubs me the wrong way. Even when I was a starving playwright working in regional and off-off Broadway theater, I got a stipend. Later, when I started writing commercially, I approached copywriting as craft. It never occurred to me to write for free. Payment was the whole point of working for clients. Yet hard-nosed as I am about getting paid to write, I sometimes give away my work. What’s more, I boldly suggest you do the same. But only on a handful of occasions.