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Writer Tips by Margaret Atwood Author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” {Video}

Margaret Atwood is the author of the novel … The Handmaid’s Tale. She wrote it in the 1980s.

Yes, Atwood’s the original creator of Offred and Serena our beloved heroine and semi-villain… or at least the wife of the villain.

In the video below Margaret Atwood speaks about her Creative Process to Big Think.


Margaret Atwood Writing Quote:

“For the author, it’s not a question of sitting around and wondering what to write; it’s a question of deciding which of the “far-fetched and absurd” ideas she’s going to try to tackle.”


MARGARET ATWOOD: Margaret Atwood is a Canadian novelist, poet, and essayist. She’s well known for novel turned hit TV series; The Handmaid’s Tale 

Best known for her novels, Atwood has a knack for creating strong, enigmatic female characters. It’s noted that telling open-ended stories is how this author excels. 

The reader understands they’ve  been handed a challenge to use their imagination as to how the continues after it ‘ends.’ Atwood expertly dissects contemporary urban life and sexual politics, yet manages to keep her stories relevant for decades.

She’s among the most-honored authors of fiction in recent history with many awards under her belt.

Atwood won the Arthur C. Clark Award for The Handmaid’s Tale.

Her novel Cat’s Eye, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

Alias Grace, won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy.

Her book The Blind Assassin, was the winner of the 2000 Booker Prize.

Lastly, Oryx and Crake was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2003.

The Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature was awarded to Atwood  in 2008.

Her most recent novel is The Year of the Flood.

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Nicholas Sparks – Author of ‘The Notebook’ Speaks About Writing (VIDEOS)


Below are a few videos from bestselling author Nicholas Sparks.

Many of his novels have been turned into movies.

One of his most successful book to a movie transitions was The Notebook.

It’s interesting to listen to a writer with a lot of commercial success under his belt talk about his experience.


In the video below from “Shelfie” Sparks talks about some of his favorite authors. You may be surprised to know that Stephen King is one of his favorites. 

Sparks says he found King’s books stimulating as a kid and they’ve influenced how he writes now as an adult. 


Although Sparks’ novels are a very different genre that Stephen King’s, he learned from King’s writing that a story needs to be told in a way that keeps the reader turning the pages.

That might sound simple, but it’s much harder to accomplish than it sounds.


The last video is an interview from Amazon Books where Sparks goes into much more detail about his writing process.

Sparks is a different type of author in the sense that he writes romances. He loves to write about love. He thinks it’s the most important part of living. Whether that love is with a family member, spouse or pet.



A tidbit from the Amazon Books interview (the last one below) is that Sparks is a producer on the movies his novels are based on. That is very unusual for an author.

In fact, nine of the seventeen novels Spark’s has written have been adapted for film.


He says this about his 20 year writing career,

“What I’m most proud of in my own career is: I never got lazy.”  


Find his “advice for writers” section on his website HERE…


Find all of Nicholas Sparks’ books in audio form here….

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