I am having trouble developing my plot for one of the stories I want to write. Here is the synopsis so far (Work In Progress): Humans leave the Earth, their first home, because they do not want to destroy it and harm it anymore. They feel bad for it & cherish it because it was the place they evolved. They leave a time capsule with the sum of all knowledge known to man for the next species that becomes sentient to use (A LOVE LETTER FROM MANKIND), along with a rosetta stone to decipher the message (it is written in English, the universal human language). Mankind leaves Earth on various different spaceships, and they vow to never return, for Earth’s sake. The Earth changes drastically, of course, and events occur similar to (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_After_People). With humans gone, The Great Apes strive, and take over the planet. There are two main alliances with opposing ideologies: The Bonobos & Orangutans : Wise & Peaceful, Practice non-violence and try to settle disputes with sexual pacts or through settling their differences. Chimpanzees & Gorillas: Militarists & Patriarchal, war-like and aggressive, male-dominated and settle their disputes with violence. They develop complex societies, go through their own ‘Neolithic Revolution’ and domesticate animals, language, religions, ect. They find the time capsule, and are fascinated with these ‘humans’. Some apes consider the capsule to be a hoax, and some develop religions around these findings, Hominism, the worship of human beings. Skeptic apes, however, do not believe that humans were real, but simply a fabrication of the ape mind. A hair-less ape seems to be extremely improbable. These stories got passed on generation after generation, until a very elaborate mythology emerges about how the apes came to be. Some people think that humans made apes, others think a god made both humans and apes, and others think that all living organisms have evolved. From here, I am stuck. I wrote some things that can happen: 1. Humans come back and visit their original home & *they are worshipped as gods *give knowledge to & help the apes *are killed by the apes 2.Apes continue progressing their society & *try to find the humans in the galaxy *delve deeper into human history *the religion keeps developing,& turns dangerous somehow?? Any ideas/cliches/plot holes?? As you can see, I am very early in the process of writing this story. I thought of this while trying to go to bed last night, so I wrote the above down. Thanks.