“Making work is actually fun. It’s healthy and rewarding, and for many creative people, it’s central to who they are as a person.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
This book doesn’t require heavy introspection. Perhaps that was Sarah Andersen’s goal. Her character seems crazed with anxiety and doubt. Maybe her solution to ease the disturbance requires her to write simple text. Maybe if she gave into writing verbose narrative, the result would be so maddening it would nauseate readers.
There are people who prefer masochistic art. Andersen seems to want to accomplish this desire in a light-handed way. Yet, in the appendix, Andersen redeems herself from insipidness. Primarily, she urges the reader to actively create. She pushes the reader to believe “making work is actually fun. It’s healthy and rewarding, and for many creative people, it’s central to who they are as a person” (105).
She empathizes on the effects of Internet criticism upon artists. Although she acknowledges that all of us will be criticized, none of us ought to endure harassment. Quote Andersen: “Harassment should never be normal. It’s okay to have a strong emotional response if this happens to you” (98).
Sarah Andersen might be short. Sarah Andersen might be neurotic. Sarah Andersen might be a woman who doesn’t know her strength. Yet, I enjoy her more now than ever. Thank you, Sarah.
Added 22nd May 2018