Part 1. Principles
A. The Transaction
circulate: (documents/news) pass around group of people
sth. moves freely within a closed place
move among guests and talk to different people
e.g. A student asked if we found it useful to circulate in the literary world.
e.g. Rumors were already beginning to circulate that the project might have to be abandoned.
gusto: great enthusiasm
to move or touch sth. with no particular purpose
dishonest behavior that someone does it for personal advantages
e.g. Others can't write the second paragraph until they have fiddled endlessly with the first.
e.g. He had been fiddling the accounts for years.
give sb. a broader glimpse of sth.
put the work aside for a day
The words just flowed.
Writing is a craft, not an art, and that the man who runs away from his craft because he lacks inspiration is fooling himself. He is also going broke.
This is the personal transaction that's at the heart of good nonfiction writing. Out of it come two of the most important qualities that this book will go in search of: humanity and warmth. Good writing has an aliveness that keeps the reader reading from one paragraph to the next, and it's not a question of gimmicks to "personalize" the author. It's a question of using the English language in a way that will achieve the greatest clarity and strength.