Margaret Atwood has been the author of several well-acclaimed books like ‘The Environmental Dystopia of Maddaddam’, ‘The Unsettling Gothic Murder Mystery of Alias Grace’, and more. These books are among the best Canadian contemporary literature.
The author writes in different styles; however, she has a very unique way of thinking that sets her apart. She first handwrites her drafts. She goes with the flow and later comes back to the writing to fill in gaps. She starts her writing with characters and scenes. Then the story slowly unfolds.
Though many people see science fiction quite differently from serious literary fiction, Margaret Atwood finds the line between them very blurred. She doesn’t think of any genre when she writes. She thinks that starting to write stories with a particular genre in mind locks the author into a preconceived box, thus hindering creativity.
Her first novel ‘The Edible Woman’ was the beginning of exploring the female experience of the world. You will notice that the lead characters in her books are most of the time a female. She is aware of the role of gender in shaping a person’s identity. In her books, women can be in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
Margaret Atwood had a long teaching and writing career. Throughout her career, she has adopted different writing styles and has learned from her previous experiences. She won several awards including the Giller Prize, Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Award, and others in recognition of her excellent work in Canadian literature.
Her work has made a big impact on Canadian literature. She explored ideas of identity, power, and gender. Her works will remain an important part of Canadian literature and the young Canadian authors will get a lot of inspiration from her writing.