If you were called upon to write a story which portrays what you know and feel about the human condition, what would you write about?
CS Lewis wrote The Chronicles of Narnia to tell an allegory about believing in nobility and overcoming betrayal. It is a beloved story about what it is like to first encounter the trials of a hard and troubled world and it tells the story of how children rise to overcome these trials.
JRR Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings to tell an epic story about the human struggle against mindless ambition and the temptations we all have to give up the fight and take the easy way into darkness. But he shows that it is possible to be just strong enough to win against the evils of the world.
Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice and other books which show how people rise above their social roles and respond to life in unexpected ways. In a world filled with social propriety and status, her characters show how the depth in each person transcends such social roles.
Orson Scott Card wrote Ender's Game which told the story of how it can be alienating to be a child genius who is called upon to save the world from an invasion, and it asks the deeper question of what is truly 'alien'.
Would you write a science fiction story about what it is like to live in a world where telepathy was commonplace?
Would you write an historical fiction about how the women of victorian England overcame their socially submissive roles to rise to authority figures?
Would you write about a modern day broken home and how strong people can be in the face of tragedy and mistrust?
Will it involve a young character who learns what it is to grow up in the world and discover their place in the grand scheme?
Would you tell the story about how villains become what they are and how the heroes are often the ones to push them to it? Or would you write about how people with good intentions must fight against those in the world who would unravel noble dreams in favor of their selfish grasp on power and control?
Will it be a happy ending? Will it be a sobering tale of tragedy and hubris? Will it be a satire or a comedy? Will it be a romance or a drama of epic proportions?
Given the task of capturing the essense of what it means to be human, what would you write about?