Do you ever get discouraged because of “rules”? This one terrifies me the most:
“The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.” —Stephen King
I’ve been working on book 2 of the Niniers (Thanmir War’s sequel) for a while now. The first draft isn’t done yet. That quote hangs over me, whispering to me that my writing is crap because it isn’t finished yet. And now that I’m working on The Seven, it’s going to take me even longer.
Do you agree that more than 3 months is too long? Do you think time spent on a first draft impacts the quality? Do you have any rules that haunt you?