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January 27, 2014

Today’s Writers’ Tip


Plot Number 13: MATURATION

Flight (J. Steinbeck)

Nick Adams’ Stories (E. Hemingway)

Huckleberry Finn

Hansel and Gretel

The thirteenth plot, maturation, is specific in its characteristics because it deals with main characters “arriving” or reaching adulthood, which is a little different from our last plot description, transformation. So let’s look at the points of interest to make your Maturation Plot a page turner:

1. You need to create a main character on the brink of adulthood, having goals that are either confused or not yet clarified.

2. The reader must understand who the main character is and how the main character feels and thinks before an event occurs that begins the process of change.

3. Cleverly work your plot so that the protagonist’s naive life (childhood) is pitted against the reality of an unprotected life (adulthood).

4. The focus of the story should be on your protagonist’s moral and psychological growth.

5. Once you’ve established your protagonist as he/she was before the change, develop an incident challenging his/her beliefs and his/her understanding of how the world works.

6. Decide if your main character will reject or accept change or perhaps do both. Decide if he/she will resist the lesson in life and decide how he/she will react to the change.

7. Show your main character undergoing a gradual, not sudden, process of change.

8. Be careful to portray your young protagonist in a convincing manner. He/she shouldn’t have adult values and perceptions until he/ she is ready to portray them. In other words, don’t have your hero/heroine grow up too fast.

9. Decide at what psychological price the main character learns his/her lesson and develop a deepening plot revealing how the protagonist copes with the life-changing lesson.


So, there you have nine pointers to help you develop a Maturation Plot. While you’re writing the next best seller in this subgenre, don’t forget that writers are readers. Get some classics out of the library or online and study how the masters developed this clever way of presenting an excellent story.

Next time we’ll look at the fiction plot that has probably been developed more than any other one in the fiction plot collection, number 14: LOVE

All information compliments of:

Tobias, Ronald B (2011-12-15). 20 Master Plots (p. 189). F+W Media, Inc. Kindle Edition.


(I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in writing good fiction in any subgenre!”)


Happy writing!



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Meet the Author: Alison Treat


Alison has had the writing bug inside of her ever since she was a child. “I started writing in my first journal as a girl of eight,” she says. “It was probably part of my homeschool curriculum, so when my mother presented me with that blank book, I’m sure she had no idea how often she would find me scribbling away in it—or one like it—in the coming years.”

Alison wrote stories and poems and kept a detailed record of every facet of her life the whole time she was growing up. After finishing high school, she chose King’s College near her home for its “wonderful English Department.” She majored in English Literature because she believed the best way to learn to write well was by reading excellent writing.

Alison’s Writing as an Adult

“I planned to throw myself fully into writing just as soon as I could, but God often has a way of taking us on a slightly different, or at least a longer, path than we ever could anticipate. I never stopped writing, but rejection letters wore me down, and priorities changed as I got married and had children.”

Her First Novel is Out!

But Alison never quit writing! Now that her first novel is finally being released, she says she’s grateful that it didn’t come out ten years ago. “I would have been insufferable to live with. Today I know my husband and children come first, and I’m humbled and beyond grateful to see this book in print, regardless of what happens now that it is available.”

Life Outside of Writing

Alison says she and her husband have an adventurous side. “Before we had children, we spent a lot of time skiing and hiking. Now we drag our children with us on those excursions. One of our most exciting adventures during our pre-children days was hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim. This was a longtime dream of mine and accomplishing it was exhilarating. We also traveled to Europe for two weeks, where we met my husband’s relatives in Italy and mine in Slovakia.”

Alison is very grateful to have had all those adventures, but she’s learning that life itself is an adventure—the smaller accomplishments in her life are just representative of the whole experience of living as God draws us farther along the path toward Him.

What’s Her New Book About?

One Traveler

by Alison Treat

In the spring of 1860, seventeen-year-old Sidney Judson loses his parents in an accident. Although he saw himself as a grown man before their deaths, now he cannot bear to stay at the home he shared with them. He leaves Roswell, Georgia, to journey to his father’s hometown of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where he stays with his aunt and uncle, members of the Underground Railroad. While Sidney is facing the past his father tried to forget and is coming to terms with his own role in his parents’ deaths, his entire belief system is challenged by the community around him.

His attraction to the winsome Rachel further complicates his situation as her inner person far outshines that of his sweetheart in Georgia. He has made a promise to return home and, despite his misgivings, he keeps his word, only to break up with his girlfriend and discover that fighting for “The Cause” is not for him. In the end, Sidney deserts the Rebel army and travels once again to Pennsylvania, a changed man.

Check it out at http://www.amazon.com/One-Traveler-Alison-Treat/dp/1936936046/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362413039&sr=1-1&keywords=One+Traveler+by+Alison+Treat


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