I definitely enjoy the planning, character development, world-building process, but I'm starting to feel like I've been stuck in planning mode FOREVER.

I know I'm not done yet though. I personally feel that meticulous, detailed planning will ultimately help me enormously in the long run when I actually start writing. I know others feel differently and many like to make up things as they go along; I'll do a bit of that as well, but my instinct is to want to know as much as possible about my story before starting my first draft.

I've officially been in planning mode for about 6 weeks (though it's really been longer than that, because I developed the initial concept last year before starting up again), which doesn't seem like much in the greater scheme of things, but it still sometimes feels like it! :P

How much did you/are you spending planning before you start your first draft?