A few weeks ago, I discovered Seempli.com and have been enjoying engaging with it ever since. It’s billed as a way to boost creativity, and it certainly seems to be working for me.
I’m not the most observant person in the world. I originally failed my driving test on observation and awareness (kind of important when in charge of a car), and my husband is always pointing out things I haven’t spotted when we go out for walks. I would like to claim that my mind is too focused on inner storytelling to be bothered with the details of my outer environment, but I think I’m just generally oblivious.
So, the idea of observational creativity at Seempli appealed to me a lot. Basically, it’s a daily prompt, which you fulfil by taking a photograph of something inspired by it, when you’re out and about. They have a ‘starter pack’ of what they call Seeds, with guidance on how to go about fulfilling them for the first three weeks. After that, you can just use whichever Seed is posted on the site each day, or pay to upgrade your membership so you can access more comprehensive packages, along with the Prisms, which provide context and restrictions for whichever Seed you’re using.
It’s been tremendous fun trying to find monsters and happy shadows in my surroundings, taking photos of things that remind me of Shakespeare plays or other countries. The last few prompts I’ve done have been combined with writing exercises, motivating me to find inspiration in my pictures to fuel creative writing as well as observation, which is fun and very useful.
I haven’t sampled the paid-for aspects of the site yet, so I don’t know whether or not to recommend them, but the introductory selection of prompts is proving by highly enjoyable and thought-provoking. Also, after several weeks of feeling quite demotivated in my writing, I’ve had a resurgence of ideas and productivity. I don’t know if this is solely as a result of Seempli, but I’m pretty sure it’s helping.