Posted by: victanguera | May 6, 2011

The Power of Words: Writing Prompt #330

As a kid, if I told my mom I was bored, she would tell me “boredom is the lack of a well stocked mind. Go find something to stock you mind with.” It didn’t take long before I stopped telling her I was bored and instead filled my time with numerous hobbies.

As a teenager, I stayed with a family while going to college. One day while trying to learn to play “Stairway to Heaven” on the guitar, this woman told me I was slothful. Combined with my desire to fill my time with things to do lest I become bored and feel I had a hollow mind, sitting still or having nothing to do became a terrible thing for me.

Now, I have more hobbies than all my friends, co-workers and acquaintances put together. But I often still feel like a hollow-headed sloth.

So for today’s prompt, what things did your character hear growing up that shaped the way they feel about themselves? How do those traits or mistaken beliefs create conflicts within your story?



  1. Excellent! I used to hear, “Idle hands are the devil’s play tools!” Similar idea, at least the way it was delivered! Well said!

    • Ooh, another “great” saying. Somehow we have the idea that time spent relaxing is evil, rather than something humans need to do to recharge themselves.

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