Normality is death.
There is no such thing as a normal period of history. Normality is a fiction of economic textbooks.
The trick is the paradox - turning your story inside out. Now if it is something that appears to be of total normality and then suddenly turns inside out and is a different thing all together then that's fun to write.
I suggest we bring some normality back to this country and say if you are carrying a knife, there must be zero tolerance. If it was up to me, everyone caught with a knife would get an automatic ten year sentence.
I've found constancy and balance between creativity and normality.
When I was a teenager, I thought nothing would ever happen to me because my childhood was so normal. I had this complex of normality.
I've been fascinated with arcane chord progressions since I was young. The trick is to keep them interesting, while still in the realm of 'normality' (otherwise the listener has no context to appreciate the progressions in).