Narata Storytelling Cards

I wanted these the “Narata Storytelling Cards” the second I saw them because I have learned over time that I don’t know all the stuff. I am lucid so I can clearly see certain things that fascinate me a lot such as plots and creatures. I have been practicing how to write a good novel for some time; I have first drafts of a couple of novels; but, I still have to finalize the content.

Over time, I realized that I needed to learn new complex things as if I am starting from like grade 5. I worried a bit about how I would achieve this goal. The answer came to me as easily as a dream comes to me! I just somehow happened to find illustrated books that had really less text and lots of images and games including cards inside them. These included Lady Hestia Evans’ “Mythology: Greek Gods, Heroes, and Monsters” and Albert D. Schafer’s “Illusionology: The Secret Science of Magic”. When I am browsing through these books, I am not just reading text and looking at images, I am also cherishing my curiosity by holding cards and toy paddles. This is when I realized that for some reason I had the need to play with things while I learned new concepts.

This new knowledge is the reason why I almost froze with delight when I saw the “Narata Storytelling Cards“. “Narata Storytelling Cards” are the brainchild of Rolf Jensen (the father) and Kent Jensen (the son). Rolf Jensen is an experienced Illustrator who specializes in cartoons, storyboard work, and book illustrations. Kent Jensen started his artistic career when he was only 16; he specializes in movies, commercials, music videos, and short films. Learn more about the creators by visiting this webpage.

These cards offer an enigmatic game to the users because of the creative categories that include character, creature, and society; a basic yet exceptional layout that activates memory nodes through cues like title, image, and associations (words like spy, bystander, and observer); inherent “multiplying ideas” potential that can be sharpened through training on Plotting; and, an innovative variety through Expansion Decks, Board Games, and Software.  Sounds slick, doesn’t it!

So you must be asking yourself: I already know so many things; I already have so many books; I have access to all sorts of libraries, movies, and video games; so, why do I need these cards? Well! Here is why I strongly recommend that you get these cards.

  1. Dealing with less data improves your focus by unclogging your short-term memory so that your long-term memory, which is used in retrieval, may remain uncluttered.  This way, it is much easier for you to integrate concepts to create something more elaborate. Think back to how you answered really tough exam questions pretty well simply because you used index cards while studying!
  2. As you pick 3 or 4 of these cards to play, you still get to focus on each card one by one. This way you are more likely to generate more ideas rather easily. Its the same as reading one book at a time!
  3. Try to see lots of things at the same time while focusing on each card one by one. You are more likely to learn about each card even though you have picked up 3 or 4 of these to play.
  4. Cards create the need to learn more by letting you see less. You are also more likely to use paper and pencil to write about what you have learned by reviewing that particular card simply because you are using your hands to play. I have found that writing with paper and pencil helps me memorize and integrate information better than using the computer.
  5. Its very inspiring to sort through so many characters and concepts really quickly.  Brainstorming improves because its like the “Think Aloud” method when two people generate ideas by throwing all their thoughts out. Only this time, the other person is the card.
  6. Playing with a deck of cards stimulates continuous learning because the mind is bombarded with multiple sensory triggers like touch, color, words, and images; a fast-paced environment where you are just looking at multiple cards not only add confidence in one’s thoughts but also provide fuel for generating new concepts pretty fast.
  7. Taking a nap is a well-known brain hack that enhances productivity. I usually play cards on my bed; so I believe that after playing with these cards, I am very likely to take a productivity nap. This should help me think, learn, and dream faster.

Woah! The “Narata Storytelling Cards” are so super cool that I just generated such an interesting blog post while I am super sleepy. I suggest that you purchase these cards by participating in the “Narata Storytelling Cards” Kickstarter campaign.

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