Creativity knows no bounds, so where do you start when creating creatures that no one has heard of? Look here for the first steps.
Strong Female Characters
Feminism has tried to define a strong female character, but maybe the strong female characters should be what redefines feminism.
Plot vs Character
The continuous debate of plot vs character is less of a debate, and more of the balance of moving a story forward.
Boys vs. Girls
The timeless rivalry of boys vs. girls points out that differences exist, but that's a good thing. On both sides Individuality exists as well.
Prejudice is a real problem in the world. Stories may offer part of the solution in helping us learn that all lives matter.