What a Broken Computer Taught Me About Writing.
By Mark Andrews
Great Escape Publishing. 08/11/2020
However, coronavirus has taught me a lesson not only about the writing process but also my whole work-life balance and it was all thanks to a broken computer, or perhaps that should be two broken computers. Being based in Shanghai, China, I got to experience the societal effects of coronavirus ahead of the curve. Around mid-January my main laptop broke down and I got it repaired.
Unfortunately, within two weeks it broke down again and by then China was entering the lockdown stage with most non-essential shops closed. For six weeks, I ended up having to use my Microsoft Surface Pro 4, which suffers from the screen flickering issues for which the machines are infamous. Due to the Surface overheating, usually I could only work in stretches of around 30 to 45 minutes before the screen would start flickering too violently for me to focus.
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