Demons hate fresh air (and CrossFit).
After CrossFit, I remembered a quote that I discovered on Austin Kleon’s blog. I keep this quote in mind when I’m in a slump. Here’s Linn Ullmann on her father’s work habits:
“My father was a very disciplined and punctual man; it was a prerequisite for his creativity. There was a time for everything: for work, for talk, for solitude, for rest. No matter what time you get out of bed, go for a walk and then work, he’d say, because the demons hate it when you get out of bed, demons hate fresh air. So when I make up excuses not to work, I hear his voice in my head: Get up, get out, go to your work.”
I’d also argue that demons hate CrossFit. When I avoid writing (or other work projects), I go sweat at CrossFit or take a walk because both activities energize my mind and body.
If you’re feeling stuck, I hope the idea above helps. Also, read Ullmann’s full interview in Vogue (where the quote originally appeared). Her comments about fairy tales, writing, loss, and collaboration between artists were intriguing.