How do you bring life to your reading and writing? Perform. Good reading and writing follow the text and may even involve enunciation, but rarely does the speech elevate far above the computer narrator if one does not perform. Live the moment. Follow the point of view character. Enter the story. And experience what you encounter. This is the essence of captivating reading and writing. Become the character, the setting, the event. Perform the poem or story. Perform. Perform. Perform and your audience will perform with you.