Although I am not sure Dillard’s The Writing Life reveals anything new to those of us who have been trying to write a long time, her passage about books taking time:

“To comfort friends discourage by their writing pace you could offer them this:  It takes years to write a book–between two and ten years. Less is so rare as to be statistically insignificant. One American writer has written a dozen major books over six decades. He wrote one of those books, a perfect novel, in three months. He speaks of it still, with awe, almost whispering. Who wants to offend the spirit that hands out such books?”

What does this mean in our instant gratification culture? Are writers more concerned with the process or the sale these days? How does self-pub fit with this idea?