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S. K. Nicholas is a post-graduate of the University of Reading, England. A student of Fine Art, he subsequently ventured into writing and has just published his first novel A Journal for Damned Lovers, which is a collection of prose.

“A Journal for Damned Lovers is a collection of prose that documents the fledgling footsteps of a failed lover-come-writer. Beginning with the end of romance and leading to the discovery that a desire to write is not only a healing mechanism but a way of embracing a fearful new future, β€˜Damned Lovers is both an attempt by the author to reclaim his past and to explore the realms of love and loss amidst a landscape of faded photographs, hangovers, and a sense of melancholy both beautiful and numbing.”

A Journal for Damned Lovers on Amazon.co.uk

A Journal for Damned Lovers on Amazon.com

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  1. I understand turning to writing for healing, escapism, and to survive. Thank you for following my blog. I am following yours as well and look forward to reading more of your posts. πŸ™‚

  2. As the Italians say, “Si non e vero, e bon travato” A good lie is sometimes better than the truth. I like this too … you speak with clarity and caution at the same time. You would make one heck of a boyfriend … and I’m sorry your relationship fell apart. I was in a long relationship with a guy I met at the age of 18, at university in England … we were together for 20 years, then he up and left me for a younger student. There I was … and here I am still. No dating skills, no real understanding of what it means to be gay and single, though I try. Bars are weird and noisy, the internet is creepy, men I chat with on the subway or in Starbucks may or may not be gay. So … I wait and watch. I’m not sure how it works on the straight side of the fence … it strikes me that you have more opportunities to meet people. But what do I know?

  3. Hi Sknicholas, I’m glad to be here. You blog posts are truly marvelous to read. All the best for your novel.
    Thanks for the likes and the follows.

  4. I am currently writing a novel too. Good luck with your writing, I am sure you will finish it eventually! I wrote two pages of mine and then didn’t write any more of it for years but now I have started writing it again.

  5. Hi there:
    Thank you for following my site anchoredinknowledge. I find your “about” page to be interesting and quite raw. I’m sure your other posts will be just as interested. All the best

  6. Thanks for dropping by and following my mostly poetic writings. It’s encouraging to read such honest open sharing as you do above. Looking forward to reading more of your words.

  7. Hey there. Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for reading my work and following my blog! Feel free to comment on anything you like. You may win some leprechaun gold…but, not likely.

    I like the idea of writing to…purge. It’s essentially what has kept me alive and, well, relatively sane all these years in this mad carnival. I feel that more strongly than the desire to create – the need to purge. the creation of something beautiful, or inspiring, or revolting is a secondary bonus result, in a way. Some of my favourite pieces are stream of consciousness styles, rather than premeditated ideas. There’s something pure and mysterious about letting down the floodgates and seeing what comes through…

    I really enjoyed what I have read so far of your work. Thanks for sharing, and again, for reading mine.

    -JT

  8. Thanks for dropping by Writing and Works. I’m looking forward to exploring more of your work, what I’ve seen so far is certainly interesting. You seem to write with a real edge.

  9. Hey, thanks for the return follow. I’ve been lurking around here for quite a while now, though I’m sure I haven’t made my appreciation of this place clear, so I’ll attempt to fix that now: I love what you’re doing! I’m not a great reader by any stretch, but you have me captivated – there are elements of your story that mirror my own, but I think it’s more the appreciation of the raw, tell-it-like-it-is nature to your words, and the spirit within them that’s quite endearing. The idea of a novel is very exciting, and I wish you the best with it all.

    • Thank you for taking the time to read my stuff, and for sharing with me your words. I’m very grateful for your support. Most days I don’t feel like writing, and am convinced that I shouldn’t be doing it, yet still I continue, in part due to such a comment as yours. I take great pride in you reading this blog, and for it to captivate you. Whenever I’m feeling shitty again, I’ll be sure to remember that you appreciate what I do. Sincerely, S.

  10. Bonsoir.. I read a load of your work the other night and thought I should let you know that I am very impressed.

    I really like your style (not just because it’s similar to my own, ha!) And you yourself, as a person and as a writer, I find fascinating. I look forward to binging on your words again in the near future πŸ™‚ xx

    • Hello, friend. I’m flattered you enjoy my work, and that you find my style fascinating. I have taken a trip to your blog and had a taste of your own writing, and I have to say I’m very impressed. I will return many times, just you see πŸ™‚ X

  11. Thank you for returning my follow. I think your work is insane. You possess such a talent with words and I’ve loved ever post I’ve read of yours so far. I am absolutely thrilled that I have had the privilege of coming across you and I cannot wait to read more of your material.

  12. I love how your words dance. I really adored your page. I am rooting for writing, too. Thank you for noticing my dead-end site, no one bothers to take a look. Thank you for following me back. I’ll continue admiring your works from here on. Never stop dancing.

    • Thank you for saying so. I’m glad you like my words. Back when I started writing on this blog, I had no feedback, no views, comments etc. But I carried on regardless. I think that’s all you can do. Write from the heart and hope others who feel the same way are drawn to what you say. And always have hope. Hope is infectious- it gives people a reason to keep coming back for more.

      • Ah. The humble beginnings. Looking at your blog right now, you have come a long way. And you just published your book! Congratulations. And thank you for these kind words. For now, I will keep on writing, keep on practicing until I find my own writing style, my own voice. And by having distinct writing style, you’re one of the blogs I will look up to. Again, thank you!

      • Thank you! πŸ™‚ You’re right with what you say- that finding your voice is the key. It took me a couple of years to get anywhere near feeling as though I was at that stage, and I still feel as though I’ve still got so far to go. One thing that made a difference for me was writing with a certain person in mind. It’s something I learned from Stephen King. He said that whenever you write, you should imagine the response of one person, and that way you can judge if it’s any good based on what you think their reaction would be. It could be a friend, loved one, someone you’ve never met etc. Whenever I write, I always imagine *my* person reading it, and it’s a great way for me to understand if somethings not working or too weak based on how I imagine they would react reading it.

      • Clever technique! I usually get overwhelmed with writing anxiety, thinking about how would people react, and these reactions vary. I lose consistency. Instead of thinking of my “target audience”, I will just focus on my “target person”. I will apply this on my next practice. Nice. I am learning a lot from your blog!

      • I hope you have a lot of success with it! Personally, when I focus on that one person’s response, as opposed to everyone else’s, it helps to keep things intimate, and I think intimacy in writing is important. The words tend to suffer when they get stretched in an attempt to please so many. I’m glad my blog has been of use to you πŸ™‚

  13. I am not a professional critic, but by looking at your works, I think it is safe to assume that intimacy is your forte. And I agree, words tend to suffer. That’s my weakness, I try to please people. Looking for ways to impress, I often lose my drive to express.

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