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Growing in Empathy
Greetings, Readers and Writers,
If you’re a writer, you’ve probably battled a few critical voices. If you’re a reader, you might be interested to know about the grittier side of the writing process. AoE co-editor, Shanna Loga, wrote about this topic last week, discussing her writing demons:
My writing demons are loud today. They are vicious, criticizing everything from my skill to my intellect.
Why do you want to write? There are so many writers out there who are better than you. You shouldn’t even bother.
Despite their intensity, I’ve tried to write. I have. I’ve got a half dozen, half-completed drafts sitting in Google Docs…
For some of us, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, for some of us, it is already Valentine’s Day. Happy Valentine’s Day to those who love it! I’m one who doesn’t particularly like this holiday and I wrote a little article about it, which is listed below. It may seem off-tone for a publication called Age of Empathy. I simply hope some readers will empathize with my point of view.
However you feel about Valentine’s, let’s try to treat ourselves — and each other — with kindness and love year-round.
The February Writing Prompt: instructions for “Which limiting belief have you busted in your life?” by Bingz Huang are listed here. Please consider submitting a personal essay, poem, or both by February 28th. We look forward to reviewing your submissions.
Age of Empathy now has a new email address: ageofempathyonmedium @ gmail.com. Please use this new email for any AoE conversations or new writer submissions. Thank you.
Highlights: Is Self-Care Making My Anxiety Worse? by Adriana Sim, Why the Color of Your Skin Doesn’t Make You an Automatic Ally by Reo, The Framing Britney Spears Documentary is Heartbreaking by Hogan Torah Girly Crampy Visitor by Okeke (Obiefuna) Chidinma, Balancing Life as an Artist by Carolyn Riker, and Stop Fearing Your Beauty by Natalie Doel.
We hope you have a fantastic week! Happy reading and writing. ❤
Aimée, Shanna, and Bingz, Age of Empathy Editorial Team
This Week’s Stories
Every writer appreciates the readers who enjoy their work. We strongly encourage you to snuggle up with a blanket, grab your favorite beverage, step outside on the veranda, and set some time aside to read the fantastic content of Age of Empathy. Clap, highlight, and comment. Support the hard work of AoE writers.
One From The Archives
Motherlines: A Memoir on Memory, Loss, and Secrets by Melissa Coffey (Nonfiction)
Breaking Your Chains: How to Overcome Limiting Beliefs by Kevin Jahleel Ishimwe (Prompt Entry)
Engagement Series Prompt Responses
Let’s Get Engaged! — Thanksgiving Edition by @Melissa Bee
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