The lesson here is this: If you won’t enjoy reading it, you won’t enjoy writing it. If you truly are fascinated by the plight of the nation’s mentally ill, the ongoing politicization of religious sects in Saudi Arabia, or inner-city high-rise housing projects as metaphors for racial injustice and miscarried modernization, by all means put them in your book.
But if, in your heart of hearts, you really want to write a book about a pair of superpowered, kung-fu koalas who wear pink capes and race through the city streets on miniature go-karts, know that this is also a wonderful and completely valid subject for a novel.
Chris Baty, No Plot? No Problem: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days