“The most important basis of any novel is wanting to be someone else, and this means creating a character.”
-Antonio Tabucchi


I realized the novel I’ll be rewriting is going to lead me into unchartered territory, as far as my writing experience is concerned. The story focuses on an alien race of beings. Nowhere in the story do humans surface. And while later in the story the main characters come across humanoid-ish robots, the entire world development and even the main characters’ anatomy is completely created by me. Nothing outlandish. I mean, the main race is a race with three legs, but….

I can’t fall back on [too many] humanisms, or else it’ll make the world less credible. And I can’t make it too “out there” to the point it’s not engaging to the reader and/or difficult to understand. This could justifiably be my most challenging piece of work.

Whether I’ll immerse myself totally in this piece, I don’t know. I might have to escape to “human writing” at some point, just to remind myself what I am. 😉 All kidding aside, I think the key to making this a worthwhile piece of fiction is finding the humanity inside of the alien culture. The setting and backdrop will come. I just need to be sure that the characters are sympathetic; not because I wrote them too human but because you can see a living, breathing character beyond the alien exterior.

I’m researching to find other authors who have done this non-human thing before. Not only done it, but done it well. I’d like to see how they accomplished it. So far I was told about The Bug Wars by Robert Asprin. I’ve never heard of him before, but the reviews on Amazon.com give the book five stars based on 13 reviews. That’s not bad at all. I’ll probably purchase it. And although not alien-esque in the slightest, I may buy a couple of Jack London books (Call of the Wild in particular), as any narrative that’s told by a non-human would be helpful. Kurt Vonnegut was also suggested to me.

Any other helpful comments or book suggestions?