The Narrative Dance of Writing Bestsellers

Dancing is about motion, emotion, connection and discipline. Much the same could be said of writing.

Writing bestsellers is a narrative dance between author and reader. There is cadence, pace, tempo. Done right, it is both fascinating and seductive, filled with twists and turns and sudden shifts in meaning, a partnership of push – pull, each step more expressive and dramatic than the last, the dancers – author and reader – playing off of each other, the  sum of their moves constructing both performance and platform for total life change.

4 Ways To Be A Better Dancer

  1. Master the Basics – Focus first on the fine art of writing interesting sentences that compel readers down the page. If you can do that, you can write nearly anything and people will read it.
  2. Improvise – Once you know the basics, start experimenting with structure and style to find your unique voice.
  3. Elevate Emotion – Magnify emotion by playing around with exaggeration, understatement, imagery, contrast, subtext and word choice. 
  4. Go For Effortless – Revise to make your writing look simple and easy. The greatest performers in the world have mastered the art of appearing effortless.


Learn the moves, practice the moves, enjoy the moves. Art is movement. Art is stillness. 

You move, I move, we move. 

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Christopher Kokoski is a speaker, trainer and author of Wicker Hollow and the Past Lives novel series.

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