Being an adoptee meant contorting myself into family spaces. First, there was my adopted family. Then, there were my biological families — once I tracked them down. And finally, there was my found family. In each case I was an outsider, invited to join other, functioning human beings as part…


‘We won’t be renewing your contract.’

I strained to smile, and nodded understanding as my supervisor and the HR manager gave me this news. It wasn’t unexpected. I hadn’t been happy in my job for a long time. My supervisor and I collided on a daily basis. …


After committing to my transformation from person to writer (yes, writers are like mutants) I finished the first draft of my novel in October 2020. Yay me! As far as I was concerned, pandemic lockdowns were a gift. They gave me time to write. And I did.

In December 2020…


Image: D.McKenzie March 2021

Caterpillars are astounding! It’s magical how one small creature can transform into something as beautiful as a butterfly. Yes, this change is hard-wired into the caterpillar’s DNA. Still, to metamorphose into something so different from the original that no-one could connect the two is amazing.

I’ve been working on transforming…


I don’t remember deciding to become a writer. You decide to become a dentist or a postman. For me, writing is like being gay. You finally admit that this is who you are, you come out and hope that no one runs away. …


Writing in Bali, March 2020

Some of you may have read previous posts on my blog davidmckwrites.com where I talk about the steps I took in 2019 to become a writer.

In those blog posts, I mention giving up my management role and moving into a low-level, part-time role, so I could be the writer…


This story was first published on my bog on 14 August 2020.I still use the strategies outlined in this article as they have served me well. :)

Potsdammer Platz, Berlin, Germany, Christmas 2015

There’s been many a moment during the past 5 months of this pandemic craziness where I have felt stuck, unable to write. I…


This story was first published on my blog 28 June 2020. It had a significant response from readers who related to the issues presented , and shared feelings this article elicited for them. …

Davidmckwrites

David is a gay author living in in Melbourne, Australia. David writes character driven contemporary stories, poetry and is beginning to dabble in screenplays.

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