Even though we've published a list of things you shouldn't write about, you really can write about a great deal of things. Quite a few people have tried to classify what great stories, and the dodgy ones, are made of and why it matters. We'll look at a few of those here but it's such a broad topic, you'll kinda be on your on figuring out which one is best for you to consider!
The Human Condition
This always sounds more complex than it actually is. The human condition is the term we give to trying to understand all the things that make us human. Things like:
Series of Conflicts
A gentleman by the rather impressive name of Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch put together a lovely list of things us humans have to overcome. But it isn't, the list focuses on the conflict element with each point letting you know who us humans are up against. It's a quick way of determining whether your story is exploring a key element of being human, being challenged.
What's it all mean?
Put simply, if your story explores any of these concepts you'll likely be writing about something quite interesting. Of course, the quality of your writing, the way in which you string together techniques and place words thoughtfully, will engage the reader. The current HSC Area of Study concept fits in nicely with all of them because exploring what makes us human involves all kinds of discovery.