The photo accompanying this post is one I snapped of a stage right before George Saunders and Dana Spiotta took to it on February 5 to celebrate the launch of the paperback of Lincoln In the Bardo at Murmrr Lit in Brooklyn, New York. You can almost see […]
Melissa Koss is a Senior Associate Fiction Editor for The Flexible Persona.
The essay I wanted to right was poignant, with one, maybe two tiny truths, a little inspiring and original, definitely original.
My goal was to write at the same time every day uninterrupted, and to stop binge writing while doing away with bad habits that take time away from writing but that I’d long justified as important or necessary.
I’ve failed. I’ve failed so much.
When I am stuck in a creative rut, drained of inspiration or energy, I look to other artists for a jump start. Over the past few months, I’ve been listening to interviews with chefs and podcasts about cooking (and eating), reading cookbooks, paying attention to scenes with food […]
Straight out of college I took a very corporate job — the kind with an annual week set aside to celebrate itself, complete with a cake in the shape of its logo and “fun” pop quizzes on company history.
Confession: I have no idea where to put a paragraph break.
Cal Newport, a computer science professor at Georgetown University and the author of Deep Work: Rules For Focused Success In A Distracted World, describes how a structured day protects the mind from distraction, and, he’s found, coaxes creativity because the mind is not in a state of semi-distraction. He […]