When I was looking for excuses for my own writer’s block (a novel experience), I was quick to blame technology problems, and it really can drive you away from the computer. I had had a run of niggly problems that lasted months.
I won’t bore you with details, but you’ll probably recognise the syndrome. For me a new manifestation crops up every few years. In general terms, it’s because my hardware and software and systems have become incompatible. Typically, I’ve hung on to an old computer too long, or I’ve failed to update some software, or a new operating system stops tolerating any software that isn’t the latest version, or the computer is overdue for a clean-up and rebore, or Microsoft and Apple are fighting each other on the battlefield of my desk. It usually all comes right once I stop blaming a particular component of my personal platform and look at the big picture.
If you’re writing a book, that sort of thing doesn’t help.
Even so I can still tear my hair out over Word. For years I’ve had Styles licked, and keeping control of a full-length book totally depends on Styles. When Styles get snarky on me, I know I’m stuck on the Bridge of Sighs between MS and Apple. I think, OK, I’ll jump off, and for the umpteenth time I waste hours investigate alternatives to Word. For me personally with my particular needs, it’s not worth switching. (That’s not a general statement and it probably doesn’t apply to you.) So I muddle on. The problems evaporate. Until next time.
In short, I have every sympathy for you if you attribute your own writer’s block to technology woes. They happen. They are very annoying. But I can’t help comparing myself with the legendary writers who write entire novels on a smartphone while commuting. And for the moment, no more whining, Madam.