In my younger days, I could push through a badly written book. Hey, I paid for it, so I am going to finish it. And I would finish it with a bad taste in my mouth. Now however, I find that my tolerance is a lot lower.
I think there is a simple reason behind it too. Back then, before I became a writer, I didn't know any better. Purple prose? -ly words? Was? Telling not showing? I had no idea what the rules were, so I didn't know that anyone was breaking them. I simply enjoyed the story.
But now, I can't. I can't make myself overlook the same things I struggle with in my own writing. I try to put on my reader hat, but sometimes, I just can't switch modes and I miss out on a book everyone is raving about. I'm not sure what the answer is.
It's like being vegetarian and then one day you eat bacon: You can never go back. ;)
How do you turn off the writer in yourself so you can just sit back and enjoy a book?