I'm probably doing Camp Nano this year, and my one major idea right now revolves around a character with the dreaded amnesia trope, where a character wakes up in an alley and needs to piece together his previous life. To make a long story short, I'm worried that it's too cliched to work well. Like, there are some twists and stuff later, but even that's pretty standard for an amnesia story; however, I don't think I can take it out because the plot does kind of require amnesia to work, since without it the conflict kind of falls apart. So, here's a brief summary of the story points for context: --- Basically, the story takes place on a human colony on an alien planet with no apparent intelligent life. The main character wakes up in an alley and finds the information about his identity in his wallet, then goes to his apparent address and tries to fit into his normal life as the research assistant to his xenologist wife. It is eventually revealed that the guy is a The Thing-type creature, a collection of single-celled alien organisms able to take the form and function of other cells; the cells form their own faux-neural network, as well. He's an expression of curiosity from a space-going collective alien organism, which communicates through mimicry and physical connection. Basically it mimicked the human form and the infant result got integrated into human society. His human brain, while part of the neural system stretching through all of his cells, is independently active, meaning he only discovers that he's not human during a certain epiphany at the end of the first act. The amnesia bit comes not because of that, but because his wife shoots him in the head whenever he "wakes up" to keep him from becoming a political risk to himself and human society as a whole. Sapient aliens are known and accepted, but all of the currently-known sapients come from the same genetic sources as humanity, seemingly seeded from the same source, and most are much less powerful because humanity has the help of artificial intelligences of ancient make. MC's species are the first space-going people who are truly "alien" to humanity, and the only one with capabilities matching humanity's machine benefactors, and so his wife and her bosses are determined to keep him from contacting his species and potentially sparking an inter-species incident. He learns, at the turning point of the story, that his amnesia is the result of being shot in the head; his body was able to rebuild itself after the damage, but only the most deeply-ingrained memories could be reconstructed using a cellular pattern once the brain was destroyed, since accessible sensory data is stored in chemicals and electrical impulses in the human brain. The rest of his body can hold sensory data, but it isn't easily accessed by the human brain (like trying to plug a USB into a Micro-USB slot). His body works to "store" more signals in easily-accessed decentralized nervous clusters to avoid this happening again; when he wakes up after regenerating this time, he recalls the events of the previous few minutes vaguely, rather than not at all. After that, the story goes into his attempts to retain his knowledge while working out how to contact the rest of his species, all the while his wife seeks more information on said species' culture and history while trying to keep him in the dark about it, so that true "first contact" won't be outside of human control. The climax occurs when a massive biological organism appears from space and lands on the planet, then heads toward the human colony. --- I think the overall plot is... okay, but to get to the point where the plot kicks in there is a lot of fairly standard amnesia tropes to get through, and I worry that most readers won't want to get through it. Any advice for a starting writer?