Brainstorm

Your Story

200 illustrated cards showing characters, creatures, locations, situations. Develop ideas and stories for novels, movies, comic books, TV shows, games, and more. A powerful creative tool for professional storytellers.

Get Narata

Brainstorm

Your Story

200 illustrated cards showing characters, creatures, locations, situations. Develop ideas and stories for novels, movies, comic books, TV shows, games, and more. A powerful creative tool for professional storytellers.

Get Narata

Brainstorm

Your Story

200 illustrated cards showing characters, creatures, locations, situations. Develop ideas and stories for novels, movies, comic books, TV shows, games, and more. A powerful creative tool for professional storytellers

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Study the three cards. Look at the title, image, and associations. Jot down whatever ideas for stories, scenes, or characters occur to you. Remember that the card may be interpreted both literally or more associatively. For example, a gun might make you think of an actual firearm or about concepts like violence, self-defense, target practice, or medieval cannons.

Every month we randomly swap out one of these three Narata cards.

200 cards • 10 categories

The Narata deck contains 200 beautiful & professionally designed cards divided into 10 card categories: Character, Creature, Society, Goal, Activity, Situation, Event, Object, Location, Meta.

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Creative Surprises

Picking cards at random creates combinations of situation, characters, locations, and other story elements that might not occur to you otherwise. Shuffle the deck, draw a few cards, study them. See what your creative synapses cook up

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FOR ANY MEDIUM or GENRE

 Wether you’re a novelist, filmmaker, comics creator, game designer, art directorl, stand-up comedian, or any other kind of storyteller, Narata helps you develop concepts or whole storylines. Work in any genre, from Thriller to Romance to Fantasy to Comedy.

Testimonial 3

“Shuffle the Deck Tell a Story” has never been truer than in the Narata Storytelling cards. Having been an original follower since the beginning I have used the cards for multiple stories and brainstorming sessions. Kent Jensen the creator and Rolf his father the illustrator have created a beautiful and engaging system of play that is sure to motivate and inspire you endlessly. A definite 5 out 5.

Charles Owens

Writer, USA

Testimonial 2

At last! A card deck that can help you explore your creativity in a fun, playful way. They are easy to use. If you are planning a short story or novel: these cards can help you explore storytelling techniques in where you want to develop your story. There are characters, scenes, monsters, science fiction, and other types of cards that will elevate your story. These cards are a must-buy.

Francesca Crozier

Writer, United Kingdom

Testimonial 1

Narata is the perfect tool for budding authors, screenplay writers or absolutely anybody looking to get their creative juices flowing. The card artwork, coupled with the helpful keywords, provide numerous cues for your imagination. It can also open up possibilities that may have never occurred to you and is an exciting and fun way to brainstorm. For such a great price, you really can’t go wrong considering the amount you get out of the product and the various possibilities each time you use it.

Joe Thornett

Writer and Freelance Artist, United Kingdom

Card Categories

Illustrated Cards

Three-Card Combinations

RAPID-FIRE IDEAS

Say you drew these three cards at random: SCIENTIST, DRAGON, THEME PARK. It’s too late now, but you might have come up with the concept for Jurassic Park, Michael Crichon’s blockbuster novel.

Of course, a gifted storyteller can come up with several different stories based on these three cards:

Young Adult Fantasy: While visiting a popular theme park, three nerdy friends discover a portal to a magical world, and a crazy old wizard tells them they are heroes prophesied to save the land from an evil dragon.

Thriller: A young art historian becomes convinced a series of brutal murders are connected to paintings by an obscure genius, but the police won’t listen to her.

Western: A medical doctor and his wife settle in what seems to be an idyllic frontier town, only to discover the town is terrorized by a ruthless, murderous land owner called Drake.

Card Layout

The carefully designed layout, style, and colors of Narata Storytelling Cards make them easily readable, with maximum associative power and creative impact. They’re fun to work with, and let you brainstorm and create more freely and therefore also more effectively. Each card “reacts” with the scene, concept, character, or story you’re working on.

At the top of each card, you see the title in white capital letters. The card colors tell you which category the card belongs to. The image  illustrates the concept and title as literally as possible. Together, the title and image create strong, often surprising, concepts or images in your mind. At the bottom, the associations field further expands the associative power of the card. 

Narata cards are standard baseball collectible size, 2½ inches by 3½ inches (6.4 cm by 8.9 cm).

Card Categories

The deck is divided into ten categories useful for developing story ideas and plots, scenes, themes and characters. In order to make working with the cards more efficient (and fun), each category has its own color.

 After some time of regular use, associating the colors with categories become second nature. You can use the card categories methodically, for example by drawing pairs of Character cards in conjunction with, say, one Location card, one Object card, and one Goal card, or you can just deal cards totally randomly and see what surprising and brilliant story ideas manifest on your desktop. 

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