This month's IWSG Question: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?
That's a hard question to answer, as I've always considered myself equal parts writer and reader, and I think you need to be both to be successful. After all, good stories don't happen in a vacuum, and good writing doesn't just magically happen without some form of context. I wish I could say that being a writer has made me more forgiving/tolerant of what I read, but sympathizing with an author's labors doesn't change my enjoyment of the story.
After a rough couple of months (I loathe everything about winter, and found this past December/January to be my darkest, harshest, most depressing period in years), I feel like I may be getting back on track. After probably way too much overthinking, I just republished my trilogy of fear-themed short stories with newer, snappier titles that will hopefully be easier for potential readers to remember, and which will be a lot more discoverable in searches.
Even more importantly, I wrote the opening paragraph of a new story last night. I know, a paragraph doesn't seem like much, but compared to the paralyzing dread of a blank page and the stubborn reluctance of a procrastinating pen . . . it speaks volumes.