I’ve been having such fun catching up on my reading! I chose some excellent books as my Christmas presents this year, and there is still a balance on my Kindle account, so more to be had!
As an author, too often when I’m reading I see flaws in the writing. There are rules we’re supposed to follow as authors, although those rules are flexible to a large degree. When I read a story that blatantly breaks those rules, it sets my hackles up and I worry that I won’t be able to enjoy it. However, my personality is such that once I’ve started something, I will generally finish it. Especially when it comes to books. I know how much work goes into the creation and I feel the author deserves a chance to prove that their work is worthwhile. Often, I find the story is there, even if sometimes it is buried under horrible grammatical errors or convoluted plot points. For that reason, when I am “recreation reading,” I try to take my "writer" hat off and enjoy the story solely as a reader.
As an author, I also know how much authors appreciate feedback on their efforts, so I try to take the time to offer up my opinions, again trying to take the nitpicky author out of the equation and go at it strictly from an audience standpoint. I know I’m in trouble when the nitpicky wins out, but even then, I won’t write a nasty review, knowing full well that the author put a lot of effort into their work.
As a writer, I try to note the good examples and the bad examples to remember as I continue with my own writing, hoping to apply the “good” lessons I’ve learned along the way.