Margaret Atwood says “When I wrote The Handmaid’s Tale, nothing went into it that had not happened in real life somewhere at some time.
“The reason I made that rule is that I didn’t want anybody saying, ‘You certainly have an evil imagination, you made up all these bad things.’
“I didn’t make them up.”
book: The Handmaid’s Tale
From the MasterClass page for her upcoming class:
The art of powerful storytelling
Called the “Prophet of Dystopia,” Margaret Atwood is one of the most influential literary voices of our generation.
In her first-ever online class, the author of The Handmaid’s Tale teaches how she crafts compelling stories—from historical to speculative fiction—that remain timeless and relevant.
Explore Margaret’s creative process for developing ideas into novels with strong structures and nuanced characters.
Pre-enroll to get notified when Margaret’s class is available on Early Access in Fall 2018:
Margaret Atwood’s Creative Process – a Big Think interview from 2011.
Atwood says “a lot of people say ‘I want to be a writer’ and you say ‘Well, what do you want to write’ and they say ‘I don’t know.’
“So for me I think it’s not a question of sitting around wondering what I’m going to write; it’s a question of sitting around wondering which of the far-fetched and absurd ideas I’m actually going to try to tackle.”