The world's greatest writers know Dramatica.

Learn More
menu

The world's greatest writers know Dramatica »

2 minutes
March 18, 2016

Building Dramatica For Foreign Languages

The theory of Dramatica is specific to the human mind, not the English language.

Dramatica is not specific to the English language. Dramatica is specific to the human mind and as such, can be translated into any tongue. In fact in some cases, the English language runs deficient in its ability to accurately portray a story element.

For instance, in the Psychology Domain you’ll find two major story elements labeled Playing a Role and Changing One’s Nature. The original terms for these two points were Being and Becoming, respectively. With English, it can be hard to decipher the actual difference between being something and becoming something. And to many they seem interchangeable.

Psychology Domain with Original Terminology

Spanish does a much better job of defining the differences between these two. Both Ser and Estar mean “to be”, but in different ways. Ser pertains to identity and is thought of as something fundamental. I am beautiful and She is a boring person provide examples of this verb in action. They also illuminate what Dramatica means by Becoming—an element meant to identify who you or who is changing their essential nature.

Estar differs by establishing states of being, condition, or location, and is referred to as the Present Progressive. I look pretty or She is bored describe a changeable transitive state. This is what Dramatica means by Being—an element meant to establish the emotional, physical, or mental state of our being.

Requests come in every so often asking for information on how to translate Dramatica into different languages. If you would like to help make this transition (Ser!) a reality feel free to contact us.

Never trust a Hero.

Subscribe and receive our FREE PDF E-book on why the concept of a "Hero" in story is outdated and holding you back from writing a great story.

Powered by ConvertKit

Rid yourself of writer's block. Forever.

Learn More © 2006-2017 Narrative First