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Melissa Koss

Melissa Koss is a Senior Associate Fiction Editor for The Flexible Persona.

One Literary Citizen’s Diet

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 […]

Two Lessons From Chefs For Writers

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 […]

Decluttering to Make Way for Writing

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 […]