Me: If you’re writing your first book you will feel like a superhero just by getting at the end of your draft, but be patient. It takes a lot more than that. Leave the draft alone and start working on your new project. When you’re done with the draft of your new project go back to book one.
You: What? But that might mean months! Even years!
Me: So what? If you are a writer you’ll write for your whole life. Do me a favor and look at that first draft after a few months of working on something else.
You: This is insane! Are we done now?
Me: when you cannot stop reading your draft. When you laugh at your own writing because it’s so funny. When your characters surprise you, when you fall in love with them, when you find no more typos, when instead of feeling like a failure you cannot wait to share your book with the world. Then you’re done.
You: And how many times did you have to rewrite your drafts to get there?
Me: Oh my! I forgot my cracopot on the laundomover!
Just keep writing.