I'd be interested to hear how your views have changed since starting to write. Since on reflection, I have noticed a lot of change in what I read now since I started writing. It's not quite true that writing has completely ruined the reading experience for me, but the certainly changed it a lot. How has it changed the way that you look at novels, and have your reading tastes changed? I have noticed that I have much less patience than I used to. I have no problems reading doorstoppers and prefer reading series than standalones, but I have no tolerance for slow starts. There are epic fantasies that I probably would have loved five years ago that I just can't get past the first few chapters because they're all prologue or they're so slow (Think farmboy in his village going about daily life). Consequently, whereas it was extremely rare that I didn't finish a book I started, now I do it all the time. I even stopped 3/4 of the way through once because while it started off interesting, by the middle it felt like I was running through treacle and the plot was still fairly disconnected. Maybe part of this is possibly also my own personal indignation that some writers are able to get away with this just by virtue of being well-known, whereas I (unpublished) would not. Maybe this is something some audiences still like to read (maybe I did once), but my opinions have changed, and I just don't think it's acceptable anymore. Also, I have lost interest in fantasy with a heavy magical basis. I think that's mostly down to my current WiPs, which are focused on a fictional world with a late antiquity setting that doesn't contain any magic. If there is magic, then it either doesn't dominate or is based off a system that is very simple and/or easy to understand. Also, I think my reading speed has slowed down a lot. Not necessarily because I'm analysing every single word, but I'm just a bit more attentive than I ever was as a reader-only. I'm much more on the alert for the "show, not tell" and certainly I 'notice' a lot more than I used to, even if I think I still can be a bit oblivious at times.