Theme and the Dramatica Chart

The Dramatica chart of story elements is the equivalent of the Periodic Table of Elements in physics or chemistry.  In fact, it provides guidance for how to create the specific chemistry of your story by comining different dramatic elements.

Each of the four quadrants of the chart is a different family of dramatic elements, much as the periodic table is divided into families such as the “rare earth elements” or the “nobel gasses.”  Unlike chemistry, the Dramatica chart further sub-divides the families into four sub-family levels, allowing for extremely precise descriptions and control of the the topical subject matter of your story’s theme.