Reading the Lorrie Moore-Paul Vidich interview in the Fall 2009 issue of Narrative Magazine:
VIDICHYou’ve said that a short story is like a mad, lovely visitor with whom you spend a rather exciting weekend. How would you characterize working on a novel?
MOOREI think I’ve referred to a novel as a job. But it can also be much more fantastic than that: an alternative universe you enter through concentration and writing. But of course it’s difficult to set your life up to accommodate an alternative universe, which is why writing one can take a long time.