My name is Patrick Nilan and as I gracefully attempted to explain with the meme above, like you I am a fellow writer. Not only am I a writer, but I too have made countless mistakes in the process of creating my first novel.
I understand first hand how tough writing a good book can be, which is why I created a meme page on Instagram to poke fun at common writer struggles.
When I started @memesforwriters I didn’t expect much from it. To my surprise two years later 20,000 people have related to my content enough to stick around and follow me.
That number amazes me every time I look at it.
I’m also amazed by the number of people that direct message me on Instagram seeking writing advice.
Why would you ask the 18-year-old college student who makes memes complaining about how writer’s block is hard and who has never published a novel in his life for writing advice?
For a while, I held out and refused to make writing tips. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to help fellow writers, it was that I didn’t feel qualified.
There are hundreds of brilliant writers out there offering advice. Why would you want mine?
However, the more I thought of it the more I realized why people were coming to me specifically. I am someone that can relate to them and their struggles.
I’ve learned over time that sometimes the people who are the best at something do not make the greatest teachers.
Look at professional sports. Many of the best coaches were practically unknown during their time as players. Almost none of them were elite back in their day.
This is because oftentimes for the best at something things seem to come more naturally. When you are able to do something great without even thinking about it, teaching it to someone else becomes more difficult.
Sometimes you need tips from someone who’s struggled just as much as you if not more in order to truly understand.
When it comes to writing struggles I’ve been through hell and back.
I’ve also been told I have a knack for writing humor.
My point is I have created this website in order to provide writing tips that are more straightforward and relatable to the average writer.
Am I an expert?
Not at all.
However, as someone who knows what it is like to be overwhelmed by the struggles of writing, I can help you avoid the mistakes I have made.
I can also simplify the overcomplicated advice on writing you see all over the internet and package it with brand new writing memes so that your learning experience can be far more tolerable.
If you like the sound of that then this is the writing advice blog for you. If you’re looking for something more professional, still check my post out. I’ve heard my memes are stellar.
Okay well nobody has actually told me my memes are stellar but I know they are. Trust me!
Yes, this is a photo of me chilling with a mascot. I felt it reflected the energy I want for this website better than any professional headshot ever could.