My first question is, how much should I read before I try to write a novel? Now for my second query: Are you more likely to write a respected novel about humans or non-human creatures? I assume it could take more imagination to write about non-human creatures, but lots of respected novels seem to be about humans. I am not well-read and haven't thought about it too much. I was considering writing a novel about non-human creatures, because this is one easy method to get my message across. My message is the (probably overdone) message that judging people for anything harmless is stupid. I'd do this by having different creatures with their own ways of doing things and having the creatures judge one another for these things. Is this theme stupid? What are some respected themes? I suppose that a good enough writer could do my theme in the way I described. Has my idea been done before? Is it too rubbish?