100 and Under — Guest Writer

Dear New Writers: How To Find Your Voice When It’s Being Corrected

Lessons from my time writing on Medium

Nikki Waterson
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4 min readOct 8, 2021


In my short time on Medium, I’ve written a fair few articles. To date, 74 articles since joining the platform just over two months ago. I’ve also written a lot, ever since I could hold a pen. When I was 11, my sister was 17 and in grade 12. I remember being so chuffed when she showed one of my short stories to her English teacher because she was so proud of how well I could write for my age.

So, what I wanted to share with new writers. Particularly for those who feel you haven’t exactly found your ‘voice’ yet. And it’s kind of like when all of your friends start hitting puberty and like-liking, other humans, before you, and you’re sitting there going ‘I don’t feel the big deal.’ They keep condescendingly saying ‘You’ll know it when you feel it mate’, and all you can think is ‘man, I just want to write, what’s wrong with that?’

Hopefully, that analogy didn’t go too off the rails for you.

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