I pretty much switched off from the wips lately and that in itself has been beneficial. It's given brain a chance to figure out things on its own without being pushed and pulled by other influences and I think I'm starting to define my own writing themes. I did manage to jot down more notes for developing Shroud and the second rewrite should be in a lot better shape.
I've also pretty much decided to ignore the craft of writing books, they're generally too formulaic and stringent and it's just not how I work. I'm slowly inching forward with getting write brain in line with reader brain.